Let me preface this mumbo-jumbo by saying I have been locked inside a classroom for 10 hours with 20 seventh-graders. Terrible Tuesday? Possibly. Today was NOT a typical day but, nonetheless, I survived. Praise the Lord.
For some unknown reason, I woke up at 4:15 this morning to the sounds of dogs barking, roosters cock-a-doodling, and donkeys hee-hawing. Welcome to my country life! Got to school at 7:15, finished grading make-up assignments students turned in yesterday. Grading period for the six-weeks ends this Friday, so I’m trying to get everything graded, recorded, and uploaded to the online grade book. One. Step. At. A. Time. (yawn)
On the bright side, I successfully administered my first standardized test today, as a full-time teacher. It was very nerve-wrecking, especially when an education agent strolled ~ silently ~ through the room. I hoped she liked what she saw, I was trying my best to do everything perfectly. These kinds of days absolutely bore the life out of me. I would rather have been taking the test WITH students today than have to administer and patrol the darn thing. My patience wains at moments like these. I feel for the students, I really do, but for the love of Saint Sleep, take a nap if you’re bored AND the teacher allows it!!!!
I would have given anything to sit and close my eyes for a minute or two. Instead, I’m required to “actively monitor” and pace up and down, back and forth, between rows of desks making sure said-students are completing their compositions or darkening circles on their answer document. It’s all fine and dandy until they finish. That’s when the trouble begins. Most of my students dislike reading (unless it’s a text message, of course); so very few had a book, magazine, or other reading material. They are 12-14 years old. Of course they are going to be restless. Of course they want to talk. Of course they don’t want to listen when another adult tells them to sit still, be quiet, and wait for your neighbor to finish. By 2:00 today, I didn’t want to keep walking, be quiet, or wait for students to finish! Hurry up, already ~ geeesh!!!!!!! Thank you, Lord, for comfortable, supportive footwear. I had no problem ~ do I ever? ~ wearing pink Nike athletic shoes with black dress pants and a blue sweater. Needless to say, I didn’t bother with my usual banter at fellow drivers in rush-hour traffic this afternoon either. The opportunity to SIT was so nice. As soon as I got home, I changed into my PJ’s and sat in my chair. I’m still sitting in this chair. My loving, adoring, wonderful, and gracious husband even poured me a glass of sweet tea. Bless his lil’ heart. I’m too tired to eat, I’m not even hungry.
I don’t know where I was going with this post, but I guess I’ve either arrived or fell off the deep end. Either way, I’m going to bed. Dreamland, here I come!
P.S. I think I have a date Saturday. I mouthed off to Kevin saying I wanted to go bowling and his reply, “Bring it on, Gutter Girl. I’ll beat you at bowling if you want.” I’m not very good, but I always have fun. Date night ~ score one for me! If he buys me dinner, I’ve won the lottery. We’ll have to wait and see how this turns out.
Last thing: The barking, cock-a-doodling, and hee-hawing at the butt-crack-of-dawn was for good reason: a baby donkey was born about 4:00 am. Saw the neighbor tonight and one of the Jenny (female) donkeys had a baby. I’m too tired to even consider the proper name of a baby donkey, any suggestions? I’ll stick with Baby Donkey. It’s a small donkey, about the size of a labrador retriever with thick, course fur. He/She is very cute too. Mama Donkey let me pet Baby Donkey. Everybody saw AWWWW!!!!