I have found myself with an unexpected free period due to the fact that another teacher has a guest speaker and took 2/3 of my class as an audience. The rest are just sitting here having a pleasant free time/make up work session. This is a “just what the doctor ordered” situation because I am still recovering from yesterday.
Yesterday, I broke up a fight in my classroom during 3rd, had a parent meeting during my lunch, contacted upwards of five parents for behavior during 4th, had to creatively problem solve the surreptitious rubber band shooting war my 6th period was having, and found myself explaining to a clueless adolescent male the myriad reasons it is inappropriate for him to change clothes in front of people during class even if he is technically behind everyone.
It was a day.
Now that I have THREE whole breaking up fights experiences through my 12 years of teaching (two of which happened just this year), I feel I can definitively say that I would rather break up a boy fight than a girl fight any day of the week. In both boy fight cases, the boys had the presence of mind to quit hitting each other when I took the middle position. They may not quit posturing, yelling, and unintentionally spitting on me, but they haven’t harmed me yet (which is awesome because they could easily knock me right out if they so chose). The girl fight took four adults, some of which were grown men, and several helpful students (the few not recording it to post on social media) to break apart, and it didn’t end until the girls involved decided it ended. Pretty sure that girls might be willing to fight to the death if left unattended.
The more you know!
Alright, so accountability check on the half marathon training! It’s been hit and miss. Sergio went out of town a few weeks back and I pretty much fell off the wagon that week. I lost the whole wagon. It was not even in sight anymore. We got back on track that weekend, but it has become pretty evident that with Rolo’s activities and my work meetings, I may only be able to average three days a week rather than four (if I want to rest between). Sergio has done a better job of sticking with the schedule and increasing his distance. I kind of suck at the whole thing, but I haven’t quit, and that’s about all I can say for myself.
I need some book recs because I don’t know what to read. Please keep in mind that I don’t enjoy feeling feelings or unnecessary levels of drama based on miscommunication. Ok, book recs GO!