Hey everyone! Just a quick update post-drinks with some friends.
Today was the end of Day 3 at the new school and boy, it’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced!
I’ve stayed at work till 6 and yesterday I was there till 8. I did come home early today. Since I came in later, I’m chasing my tail and ready just 5 minutes before each class.
- All my students are Latino.
- This is one of the toughest schools in America. Not kidding – it’s on a list!
- I have up to 24 students per class. I’m used to no more than 12 special ed students.
- We only did 1/4 of what I wanted to accomplish in class.
- I’ve handed out quite a few detentions and made students stay after school.
- I also wrote positive and negative referrals and sent students to the Vice Principal.
- I still spend time on the phone with parents but my words include “(child name)” “almuerzo conmigo” “lunes.”
- The staff is superb. Everyone is helpful.
- If you’re going to teach middle school, do 6th grade!
- I don’t know what to do about the 7th graders.
- My 8th graders actually learned something today. Partly because I have them 6th period and can threaten them with having to stay after school.
Middle school special ed is hard.
I miss my kids, but I know I will start liking these guys at some point.
I’m not set on wanting them to like me and for now, I don’t even have a chance to get to know them because of all the behavioral problems.
There are some sweet kids like the one at the end of the day who saw me holding a ton of notebooks and brought me the basket. That’s when I realize it might be worth it.
Let’s be real, the pay is worth it and I’ll come out stronger than I ever was.
In other news, I haven’t made it to yoga in 4 days and I haven’t eaten very much at all, except for today’s lunch.