3.5 days. I don’t know how I’m going to make it!
The end of the year is always such total chaos, and this year seems more so. Why? Well, for starters, there has been some rearranging and so we are all packing up like crazy trying to get new rooms, new assignments, new routines sorted out before next year. Most people stopped teaching this week, some stopped last week, and a few stopped as soon as grades were turned in, which this year was the Tuesday after Memorial Day. That was a nearly a month ago for those of you who keep track of such things. The kids have realized that we aren’t doing anything and are taking full advantage. Top that off with boiling hot rooms and you have cranky teachers, and students-gone-wild.
3.5 more days. *sigh*
I have a big poster in my room where I write a list of all the important dates for the month – field trips, big tests, half-days, etc. This morning one of my students was looking at it and counting up all the half-days, no-school days and field trips.
“Miss, is this real? Do we really have all that many half days this month?”
“*sigh* I LOVE June!”
“Me too kiddo, me too.”
18 days people! 18 days!
Hopeful Student: “So Miss, if the world ends Saturday, we won’t have to take that test next week!”
Dream Crushing Teacher: “Um, if the rapture happens, I will be up at the pearly gates with #2 pencils and a stack of tests, so you’d better carry your study sheet in your pocket all weekend.”
“Miss, so…what would happen if you sneezed, farted, burped and hiccupped all at the same time? Could you like, die from that?”
During a fire drill – “Dang! Why can’t these things ever be scheduled during Math!?!?!?”
I had just given a student a stern talk about plagiarism. I gave him a choice between coming up at lunch for a few days and letting me help show him how to put things in his own words, or failing. When I sent him back to his seat another student leaned over, gave me a thumbs up and said “Excellent speech Miss!”
Have you seen this? Take a minute to check it out, watch the video on the main page.
It is our responsibility as adults (not just teacher adults, ALL adults) to help kids get through the incredibly challenging time that is middle and high school whether they are LGBT or not, but especially if they are. I think this is a brilliant resource, kudos to Dan and Terry for this inspirational website.
Please share this with your friends, colleagues, and the children in your life.