I know, I know. Its totally cliche… but this has been the sort of week where I have running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Now, I usually take on a ‘fake it till you make it’ attitude when it comes to remaining calm. Its part of the job ( like a doctor or nurse of other life saving professional…) to remain calm in the face of stress. But today, I almost lost it. So why has it been so stressful?
-Testing, testing, testing…
-New teacher evaluation system
-Surprise visits from school department observers
-deadline to hand in 2nd quarter grades
-deadline to give and grade”post-tests” ( more testing) for one ( of the three) of the courses I teach…
– “normal” chaos of middle school which includes but is not limited to:
-Fights, Crying fits, Puberty related distractions “Hey my Adams apple is bigger today Miss!”
-Thanks ‘no pass policy’, I teach periods 4-6 ( all after lunch) and yes those kids need to pee and aren’t holding back what they think of this ‘no pass policy’.
-Cuss words of every shape, size, color and national affiliation
-Kids who dont eat lunch and almost pass out in classroom ( I gave up that banana i was saving for later…)
-VARIOUS wardrobe malfunctions
Actually now that I write it all out, its all just a little bit amusing, isn’t it?
aah the absurdity.
Next Week: my take on RI’s proposed NECAP testing graduation requirement…