The other day, she came to me and Dori to tell us that after this second round of DIBELS tests, she isn't going to come to our rooms anymore in the morning because one of the first grade teachers has a significant number of kids in intensive, so she's needed there. What a freakin' joke!! Oh, gee, I'm really broken up about the fact that she won't be coming to me 40 minutes late, only to sit at my back table (keeping ME from using my own damn table to work with babies!) and do NOTHING!!! I've never heard such good news! I don't know why the hell she bothered to even mention it to Dori, since she never goes to her damn room anyway!
This afternoon, she came to get her afternoon group, 10 minutes late, as usual. She was taking them upstairs to her room as we were walking back to our classroom. I'm watching this scatterbrained idiot take my two kids and three of Dori's up the stairs, and she has her head straight up her ass. Any teacher, hell any normal person, knows that you can't just walk ahead of 5 years-olds on the stairs without watching them. You stand at the bottom of the stairs and watch them walk up, they stop at the landing, you walk up, send them to the next landing, etc. This moron is walking up the stairs, paying absolutely NO attention to the kids, and I look up to see T.D. SLIDING ALL THE WAY DOWN THE FREAKIN' BANISTER!!! She didn't have a freakin' clue what the hell was happening behind her! IDIOT!!!! Naturally, I scream up the stairs, "T.D., I don't EVER want to see that again!! Get down here this instant and WALK back up those stairs!" The RI turns around, all ditzy, "What happened?" I wanted to punch her in the face! The other four kids were running and jumping around, as well. Exactly what you want babies doing as they walk up 25 cement steps, right? God forbid one of them falls next time and splits their head open. What the hell would she do? Ugh!!!!! She makes my blood boil!!!! I've GOT to change the subject because I can feel my blood pressure rising...
I got a new student today, and I have another coming tomorrow. We actually have triplets coming tomorrow. They're all girls. I feel terrible that we have to split them up. Two will go to Dori, and I'll only get one since I got the little boy today. I'm already sad for the one I'll get, since her two sisters get to stay together. Maybe we can figure out a way to keep them together. The new boy, T.B., is already in my doghouse. He's going to be a problem, I fear. I had to "talk" to him all day long. He's a fighter, it seems, and had a hard time keeping his hands to himself. We're going to have to nip this right in the bud. I meant to call his mom this afternoon, but we had the after school program, and I didn't get a chance. On a positive note, though, I tested him at rest time (which he was quiet for, by the way, yay!) and he did pretty well. At least he knows all his letters, and about half of his sounds.
It just started storming like hell outside. We've been under a storm watch for a couple of days. The weather man just said that this storm will be one of the top 5 biggest snowstorms since 1999. Yikes! We just got a foot of snow over the weekend! Actually, though, that's just about all melted because the last three days have been nearly 50, and it's been raining all day today. I wouldn't mind another day with only a handful of kids, so let it snow!!
Today's quotes is actually an email I received from another teacher today.
"If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 30 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs,and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist,without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job." ---Donald D. Quinn