Tonight's post is only being written so I can keep my promise to myself to post every school day. I just got home, it's way past my bedtime, and I'm oh, so tired. I had to attend a wake tonight, practically right after I got home from school, then afterward I went to dinner with my brother and father. Oh, and I forgot to mention that before leaving for the wake, I had to drop my friggin' car off at my mechanic's AGAIN!! Then, when I got back to my dad's after dinner to take my mom's car, it wouldn't start! OK, enough bitching. Let's see, what happened at school today?
Yeah, so much for ending the bitching! Just like Mrs. F. told me, I'm up to 38 little darlings. Like I predicted, the 4 days away was good for me and helped me find a little patience. At least enough to get me to lunch. It was kind of downhill from there. Really, I know I'm being too hard on them. But, the reading coach (or whatever the hell her title is!) came to me this morning and asked how my DIBELS testing was going. After I stopped laughing, I let her know I hadn't even started yet. I thought I was going to have to pick her eyeballs up off the ground. I now have nearly 40 kids to test this week, which is going to be very difficult. However, I was able to get 10 of them done today. Yup, even she was impressed!
The problem is, I need a very quiet room so that I can hear the responses of the child I'm testing, seeing as this is an oral test. Yeah, try keeping 37 kids quiet while you test that 1. Good freakin' luck!!! So, I spent a LOT of time today telling them to be quiet, which then changed to "put your heads down!" That made me feel bad, so we put on our favorite DVD - Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom! There wasn't a whole lot of work done today in our room. I'm just going to have to let that go, and not feel guilty about it. That's probably how the rest of the week is going to have to go. At least until DIBELS is finished.
New Principal approached me today and very briefly asked what my feelings were about going to half-day. Um...HELLO!!! Even though my preference would be to have 2 kindergarten classes, half-day would be 100% better than what my situation is now. I'm just afraid that once we tell the parents about going half-day, many of them will pull their kids out (because their free all-day daycare will be cut to half-day!) which will make our numbers go down instead of up. That would subsequently mean no second class, since there won't be enough students. OK, I'm not going to get ahead of myself. New Principal said she was waiting for central office to call her back.
I'm too tired to write much more, despite wanting to share some details about today. Maybe I'll do it tomorrow. I need to go sleepy now....
This one is for the young parents
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