I had a long, hard day. First of all, the portable classroom I was to teach in today was nearly a quarter mile from the office. Not that I mind the exercise, per se, but it’s a long way to walk to the bathroom.
Then I got to the classroom and found that the two most obnoxious boys in the 3rd grade were in that class. (heavy sigh). Usually, the kids teachers hate are right up my alley. I can almost always connect with them. I had a long, hard day. These two were unconnectable. They just wanted to laugh and talk and make farty sounds with their armpits all day.
The rest of the class was actually pretty good. They all got their work done and earned “Fab Friday” for the last few minutes of the day. Well, I couldn’t get rid of the two (yes, I’ll say it) brats at the end of the day, so I made freetime for the whole class into a structured, albeit fun, activity. Good thing I brought back-up from home!
Instead of them playing at various stations (including the computers) around the classroom, I had them all come sit by me on the floor and I read them a story called, “Fortunately.” It has an airplane trip of sorts in it. After the story, we shared examples of “Fortunately” and “UNfortunately” from our lives. The whole class really got into it and serendipitously forgot that it was taking up all their “Fab Friday” time. heh heh heh.
Anyway, I kept this up until the last 10 minutes. Then I had them make paper airplanes, like in the story, and told them they could even fly them around the classroom for a few minutes!
They were enthralled! It got quite noisy there for a little bit, but when it was time to pack up and clean up, everyone had at it and they were all out the door on time.
So, overall, it was a good day in 3rd grade, but it was a long, hard day, too. 5 years ago