Yesterday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! It all started with a sore throat. I was on day two of a sore throat and day two was much worse than day one! After waking up to a sore throat I learned that it was going to be a very rainy day. Rainy days are my least favorite because there is no recess on rainy days! I was truly dreading going into work, but I decided that I'd just have to get through the day. As it turns out, I should have stayed home! This was by far the worst teaching day I've had to date!
I picked up my kids from breakfast at 7:30. About half of my students are zoned for another school and take a shuttle bus to my building. The shuttle bus always arrives late and therefore, I only had about half of my class when I picked them up. I brought the kids into my room and they began the normal routine of unpacking, signing in, getting on the computers, and looking at books. Well, the rain must have impacted the brains of my students because they appeared to have completely forgotten how to behave and look at books. I told them to pick up the books and put them away. I was upset at their behavior and told them to just sit quietly for a few minutes until the rest of our class got there. While they were sitting there doing absolutely nothing one of my evaluation team members came in to observe me! Since it's my second year teaching I have to go through evaluations in order to earn my permanent certification. So, I was feeling kinda nervous, and I was getting hot. I quickly began a rhythm activity and the rest of my students finally came into the classroom. As my kids came in, I noticed a child that I didn't recognize. As it turns out, it was my quintuplet's brother! He decided to take the shuttle bus from his zoned school and spend the morning at our school! I wasn't quite sure how to handle the situation because I was being evaluated! So, I asked my assistant to please call his mother. While she went and called the child's mother I began my morning activities.
My students acted as if they had never been in school before! They were bouncing around, talking to each other, hitting one another, and crawling around. In the mean time my evaluator is sitting in the back of the room writing away! On top of that, I still didn't feel well! All that singing and dancing about killed me! One of my students had a tantrum and when my assistant came back to our activities she was less than helpful! Apparently she could not get in touch with the mother of the stow away! Finally we transitioned into small group time. The child having the tantrum continued to misbehave during small group, but everyone else did just fine.
Thank goodness the evaluator left immediately after small group time. I was able to call the school the stow away was zoned for and let them know the situation. They said they'd call me back. They never did call me back and I very shortly found out why. The extra kid was fine during morning activities, small group, and center time. When it was time to clean up, I learned that this child was less than charming! All of the sudden he became very difficult and disobedient! I asked him why he came on the bus to our school and he gave me one of those smiles kids give when they are about to lie. He said " My mom told me to". I said "No, she didn't". He replied by scowling and saying "BECAUSE MY TEACHER ALWAYS GIVES ME SAD FACES!" I decided it was time to take that child to the office. I have my own naughty children to deal with and I didn't need to deal with anymore!
Things calmed down a bit after lunch. We watched a few stories online and took an extended rest. During rest time I went to a meeting. I was telling my team members about these really cute crafts I ordered for my kids to do after our trip to the farm. I was so excited about them. I was even more excited after the meeting when I found out that my package had been delivered! I picked up the package and took it to my room. I couldn't wait to open it! After opening it I quickly realized that the adorable craft I had ordered was not in the box. I checked the paperwork and not only did it say that the craft was indeed in the box, I was also charged for it. I wasted no time contacting an unfriendly customer service representative. She informed me that they were out of stock and that's why the item was not in my box. I was really upset, but she credited my account (which shouldn't have been charged in the first place). I was so mad that I threatened to return the rest of my items. She replied by letting me know that I'd need a special permission code and that I'd have to pay for shipping! I was having a bad day.
My students continued to act as if they had never been to school and they drove me nuts for the rest of the day. Needless to say, my throat took a beating! Just as the clock was about to strike two one of my lovely students decided to scratch another student on the face! His face was bleeding! I had to take him to the nurse. I was so close to the end of the day, but they day found one more thing to throw at me!
Thankfully, when I got home my husband was fairly understanding with me and only upset me a couple of times! I really love that guy!