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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Dec 16 2012

Teacher Happies, Rats, and Germs.

This week was full of ups and downs.

The downs mostly being students that were out of control loud and disrespectful.

The ups:

- I got new lights in my room which is awesome wonderful and I can SEE again!!  There were close to twenty light bulbs that were burnt out and they have ALL been replaced, making for a very happy teacher.

- The administration approved my students taking their final exams on scantron sheets (which are usually reserved for only STAP teachers because they are so expensive).  We have to have grades in by noon the day after students take finals so I was freaking a little and my principal agreed that it was a reasonable request.  Happy teacher : )

- They have fixed the computer in my classroom and now I can actually log onto it and check my email during the day, etc.  It’s wonderful.  I was jumping up and down dancing through the science hall (during our off-block).  And again, a happy teacher.

- Also, I have decided to call parents more often.  I try for two good calls a night and two bad calls a night.  It’s been great.  I love hearing how happy parents are when I have good news and I love hearing, “Keep doing what you are doing, Ms K, so-and-so needs to be more respectful and I will talk to him/her”  It’s good to know parents are on my side.  Happy, happy teacher!

In other news, there was a big giant rat with a huge long tail in my classroom on Thursday afternoon.  My students came into 4th block and it went something like this:

“Ms K, there is a rat in your room.”

I laughed.

“No, really.”

I looked into the room, squealed a little inside and stepped away from the door.  I had them call for a custodian and I proceeded to check homework in the hall until we were reassigned a room for the rest of the day.  I later asked the custodian how he got it out.  It went something like this:

“I hit it on the head.  Then scooped it into a plastic bag, and threw it in the trash.”  Big smile on his face.

“What did you hit it with?”

“This!”  Brandishing his mop handle.

Awesome.  For those of you concerned of the rat’s well-being, it really appeared to be dying so it is pretty likely that our beloved Mr. L just put him out of his misery.

And lastly, I am sick.  Germs.  Everywhere.  No worries, I got my flu shot and it seems to be dying down a little but ugh, yuck.  What a terrible time to be sick with so much to do and so much to grade!  So, I have put a hold on the high-fives and now when my students enter my room I give them a quirt of hand sanitizer instead.  Healthy kids are happy kids.  Healthy teacher is happy teacher.

Here is to a great last week of school (mostly testing) before my long trek back up to PA–and this time Jackson gets to come along.

One Response

  1. Cioci Amy

    Ummm… yeah, we do like rats in cages, but not running amok in a classroom. What a shock! Can’t wait to see you at Christmas and meet Jackson. Oona is… really… looking forward to that?

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