Yesterday we had 3 teachers out WITHOUT subs. You know what that means, right? Uh, huh...the students had to be separated and sent to various OTHER classrooms. We all know we don't HAVE to accept them,but they have to go somewhere and when I accept other students, I get a whole whopping extra $34.00 for ... THE DAY. No, not $34.00 per student...$34.00 TOTAL. I took in 3 very quiet and well-behaved girls, but I didn't have desks or chairs for them, so they had to bring their own books and chairs. I sat two of them on my long table and one with another girl who sits at a table in the back of the room with me. THEY were fine. It was my own students who went BONKERS! The noise level got so loud I couldn't take it any more. The problem with taking other teachers' students is that unless you have work for them, they just sit there. And, I don't like that. I always want my students LEARNING something and DOING something, not sitting there like a bunch of rocks. For some reason after recess (we have an hour after recess before lunch) they ALL wanted to make pop-up books. Okay. That was fine with me. Out came the scissors and glue and then one of the temporary students announced, "YOU don't have enough scissors for everybody!" Well, DUH! I had 16 pair of scissors at the beginning of the school year. I now have 8...I don't know where they are! So, they all happily made pop up books. I told my students they could choose a story from their reading anthology and make a book. But, sharing scissors was just too much of a thought process for them. Arguments began. No, scissors didn't go flying across the classroom, but it was close. FINALLY, THANK GOODNESS, lunch time came and it was time to put away ALL the materials! Phew! I was exhausted...After lunch I made them ALL do their times tables (quietly) and then we all tromped over to the library. They came in so noisily they had to do it again. The librarian yelled at them 3x and said if they were that noisy next week, she will BAN them for a month! (...eye roll...) Really? I personally didn't think they were that bad, but SHE likes to be able to hear her radio and she couldn't hear it over their talking. REALLY? Talking quietly in the library? I just don't agree with that...but that's me...So, back to class we went and then the dismissal bell rang (THANK GOODNESS)...and, yes, they ALL got homework!
Oh, and somebody got hold of one of the pencils I purchased (for a donation) from the Idyllwild Fire Department last summer. I got 5 of them for a $ donation. By the end of yesterday, the eraser had been...CHEWED OFF and the lead was down halfway and the top of the pencil was split open!!! OYE! What kind of critter would do that?
I think MOST people have this idea that teachers sharpen 30 pencils once a month. NOT! I seem to go through 12 pencils... A DAY! The teacher next door (who left) had a sub, who cleaned out her desk and threw out a whole bag of markers and two whole fistfuls of pencils. SHARPENED ONES! (those are like gold, since I don't have a working pencil sharpener AT ALL)...Well, I spotted them IN THE TRASH CAN on our way to lunch 2 days ago and I "dumpster dove" and retrieved over 30 pencils (most of which were still usable and sharpened), a whole bag of usable markers, 2 boxes of crayons (brand new), 2 boxes of colored pencils (brand new)...WHO in the WORLD would throw all that away? (I'm thinking it was one of the aides)...I'm already on my second school-issued hand sharpener and it does NOT sharpen pencils. Instead, it grinds them down. I think the blades inside need to be sharpened? I purchased a $50.00 "indestructible" electric pencil sharpener, which I had for a year, but, it too doesn't sharpen pencils anymore. The kids bring in those little plastic pencil sharpeners and then take out the blades and I have to take the blades away from them lest they cut themselves or another student! OYE VEI!
I'm counting the years until retirement.
Just another typical day in La-La- Land!