Monday, September 22, 2008

Grr. Argh.

Today suuuuuuucked.

I hated it.


capsforqueers said...

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Ms. M said...

Nooo! The weeks were supposed to be getting better! Hang in there chicka, it will!

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

At least you can still write about it! (I smell a book in the making.)

Sending good thoughts your way...

Schoolgal said...

Something is not right, and it's not you.

You started a new job and moved to a new location all at the same time. You are stressed.

You have to get out of school early and get a massage or something nice for yourself.

We have read blogs from many teachers who cried the first year. I cried many a time when I had a bad class, but I worked on the discipline and things fell into place by the time winter rolled around. Be tough! Be strong! Don't work hard, work smart.

When a class acts up, don't try to talk over them, just stop what you are doing and sit down. Take out your roll book and start jotting down notes, or...

Make up a friendly form letter to parents so all you have to do is check the appropriate box of the behavior and have a place for the parent to sign that they received it. Then hand them out!

Keep a record of what you sent.

If you have to spend the full period doing this, don't be afraid to do it. It worked for me.

17 (really 15) more years said...

"When a class acts up, don't try to talk over them, just stop what you are doing and sit down. Take out your roll book and start jotting down notes"

I'm laughing so hard at this comment, because this is EXACTLY what I do. I never sit, so the kids quickly learn that when I do, nothing good will follow.

One year, I had a very difficult class. On a particularly rough day, I sat down and just glared at them. One boy looked at my face and said, "Look out- SHE'S GONNA BLOW!!" and at least 10 kids dove under their desks.

I never laughed so hard in my life-and the kids and I got along famously after that incident.

Jules- you took on too much life change at one time. Find a counselor, indulge yourself, and rest. It will all fall into place- it's just going to take time.

Jennifer said...

17 said it better than I could. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Jules, I've been hanging in the woods with 10-year-olds and crushing on cute nature guides, so I just got this.

I agree with the others - you need an outlet for this stress. I vote massage. I had one just before school started and it was the best.

And don't discount the blog as cheap therapy.

We're all here for you.


Ms. George said...

I also have had great success with the writing in my grade book trick (of course I would follow through on the comments with a well-worded phone call). I have also borrowed the soccer use of 'red cards' and 'yellow cards' for behavior. Every good thought I have is headed your way...keep at it and take time for yourself.