Thursday, August 13, 2009

When is this week gonna end!?

Wow, I know I've done a lot of whining the past few days, but I'm sorry, that's just how I feel. These kids are making me want to scream. AND, I'm up to 31 now! I only have 24 seats, so thank God the three boys that are out for medical reasons haven't come back yet. The "extra" kids had to squeeze in at the big table, but it's way too close for comfort. I'm really afraid I'm going to have to get rid of one of my carpets to make room for another table. But, that makes me really sad, because first of all, I love my carpets! We use the one in the front of the room for almost everything, and the one in the back of the room for calendar/math time. Plus, that's where our class library is, so the kids sit/lay on it while they read.

Ms. H., spent some time with us in the morning, but she left after lunch, so I was on my own this afternoon. I'm trying to tell myself that things will be better next week once our preps start. Sheesh, they couldn't be any worse!

Let me tell you a little something about one of the new boys I got today. His mother actually stopped me in the hall Tuesday as we were on our way to lunch. She says, "My son, A., is going to be in your class. He'll be starting tomorrow. Now, tomorrow is his birthday, so I'd like to bring cake and ice cream." So, of course, I have to immediately say, "Oh, no. That's not going to work. If you want to send a little treat, it has to be something that the kids can have during their short 20 minute lunch." She says, "Oh....ok....well....then I'll just bring him on Thursday." WTF?!?!?! It's great to see where her priorities are, huh? Then you wonder why our babies are as screwed up as they are!

Apparently, we're having a pep rally tomorrow. There was a note about it hanging by the time clock this morning, but naturally, I didn't really read it. That's mostly because kdg. isn't usually included in those kinds of things, but I suppose I should have actually read it. At the end of the day, one of the teachers came up and asked me about what she needed to do for the rally, and of course, I had no clue! I checked my mailbox and found a copy of the same note that was hanging on the time clock. It seems that each class is expected to do a 5 minute presentation, complete with a slogan and a sign. I don't even know what the hell that means!! Now, I have to figure out what the hell I'm going to do with these kids, who can't follow a simple direction yet, that will be acceptable to New Principal. Oh, lovely! We're having a staff meeting in the morning about the rally, so hopefully that will answer any questions. However, we had a staff meeting yesterday, so giving up 2 mornings this week is going to suck! It's bad enough we aren't getting preps this week, now we lost 2 of the 5 morning prep times we had. Ugh!

I'm going to keep trying to find, and end, on a positive note, so here's today's. One of my babies (who is just cute as a button!) came to do his assessment with me this afternoon. Before him, I had already tested 4 kids who didn't know a thing. The highest score of that group was a 50 so far. Then, Button Boy comes over, and blows me away! He scored 100%!! I almost feel bad that he's stuck in my room with the rest of the knuckleheads. OK, I know, that's mean. I'm holding out hope that I find a few more shining stars among the group as I continue assessing them. Oh, and did I mention, I was supposed to start DIBELing this week? Yeah, the testing window opened MONDAY! Yes, indeed, that was the FIRST day of school. That's the brilliance of CPS! Holy crap, how did I get to the negative again?! Sorry.....I'll try harder tomorrow....

6 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

One more day. I can't believ how overcrowded all the schools are...I really feel for the teachers ;)
Sending hugs and support to you. SUZ

The Bus Driver said...

you poor woman, you must have such a headache at the end of each day

teach5 said...

Oh yes, dibeling on the first week of school. Know the feeling. Been there, done that. Useless.
Just think about how you are gonna feel Friday afternoon when the last one leaves. Don't overdue the celebration......

C said...

jeeeeeeez cheech! it sounds like you are waaaaaaaay overwhelmed with this large class. god bless your heart for staying and doing what you do. i know thye need you and others like you but shit MOFO they should compensate you more. i cant believe the teacher shortage... my son alex is going to college to be a primary school teacher. i hope things look better for you.

c

Anonymous said...

The oversize class thing is obvious, but only 20 minutes for lunch? Do they at least get to gp out and run around?

ChiTown Girl said...

Anon-Sadly, no, we don't have any time to "go out and run around." CPS has such a tight schedule, we have no time for anything other than instruction. That ridiculous lunch is the worst! The babies have 20 minutes from start to finish. Their time starts from when I get them to the lunch room. They have to all get through the lunch line, then get themselves settled at the tables. They also have to have all their trays dumped, and be lined up and ready by the end of the 20 minutes. So, essentially, they get about 10 minutes to eat. It's RIDICULOUS!

Even if we had time for recess, I wouldn't take my babies out. Most days, it's like the OK Corral around our school. There are shooting on almost a daily basis these days.