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School - May 5 & 6

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Yesterday, I asked a few of my students who had finished all their projects if they'd be willing to clean out the storeroom we used last year for the mural project - students had previously cleaned it, but various items had since been moved out and I could see that the floor was still littered with bits of tile. The students agreed, I gave them instructions, the key, and sent them upstairs. They returned about 45 minutes later with a bag of trash, brooms and dustpan in hand, and handed me my keys - with little orange flowers stuffed into the holes of the keys, where they slide onto the ring. I laughed and thanked them for the "bouquet."

Today, the power went out right as my preparation period started - so I worked in the dark room for a while - and eventually took out my flashlight so I could use the restroom, since the lounge and two restrooms don't have windows. Have you ever tried to use the bathroom lit only by a tiny little flashlight (the kind that fits in a purse or lunchbag?)????

I also have a group of girls - a few from my class, the others unknown to me - who are rehearsing for the "Virgin Islands Best Dance Crew" competition on Saturday. They nicely ask every day if they can use my room at lunchtime, they move the desks and then move them back. Not a problem. I do, however, have a problem with the teacher who agreed to let them out of class so they can come to my room to practice. I mean, we have a month of school left, I have plenty left to teach - doesn't this other teacher????? (Language arts and/or social studies, I'm not sure which one.)

Just an odd couple of days.
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PHEBESS 5/6/2010 8:40PM

    The day got worse - my little guy who stutters (and may have other issues going on) ended up sitting and just crying because he couldn't make the flowers the way he wanted - and I couldn't get out of him why he was so upset. I tried several different things - we finally settled on cut and paste - only it was me cutting and him pasting. At least it cheered him up.

After he went to his next class, I had a long talk with the few girls who tend to not be polite to him in class - I hope it makes a difference.

I just felt so bad for the little guy. You know a 7th grader is upset when they cry.

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MILLISMA 5/6/2010 7:01PM

    I like the bouquet! Sure that put a smile on your face.

I would also question why this teacher is letting kids out of their class - not a good program.

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