12.13.2007

I Just Wanted to Teach

When it gets close to winter vacation I try to structure my class periods with my middle school students in a way that keeps them busy and active so we don't stray into the " early Christmas break syndrome".

I entered my classroom Monday and realized that the week was not going to start out in a normal way. My closet door was open which was the first red flag. I quickly learned that our building had been broken into over the week-end. The amazing thing is that my closet was open and nothing was taken and everything was exactly the way I left it Friday.

I just wanted to teach. About the time I figured out that all was intact from the robbery I got a call that we had no water. A line had broken in our little building. That meant no bathroom or sink use. We did okay for about two hours. Then students needed to hike to the main building to use the bathroom. After rotating groups of students for a twenty-minute visit to the other building, it began to cut into the instruction time.

This went on for two days as workers struggled with frozen ground trying to figure out how to fix the leak. I limited my liquids because I knew I would be unable to leave and hike to the main building. The water was fixed on Wednesday right about noon.

When the afternoon class came in again, I just wanted to teach once again. The toilets wouldn't work in my classroom. As the maintenance guy was fixing those, the boys toilet overflowed into the room. New parts needed to be ordered and we still don't have the boys bathroom up and running. The students held together pretty darn well!

It is amazing when you want to keep structure and order plus a little teaching squeezed in how events can get in the way. I hope tomorrow we can end with everything operational!

9 comments :

  1. boy, when things go wrong, they really go wrong, don't they?

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  2. I know I homeschool but that doesn't mean I can't relate to this! There's always something and keeping these boys on track this time of year is almost impossible. It's amazing how creative we can be to keep level heads and still pull lessons off! ;)

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  3. Oh my dear! That is one challenging week! I hope you at least had a good day today!

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  4. You will not believe this, but today the loose tile on the ceiling began to leak and it rained in one part of the classroom. Not my week!

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  5. Sounds like quite a time. Reminded me of the joke the KHS kids played. It would be all quiet in the room and suddenly a student would turn around in their seat, to face he person behind them, and say in a very loud voice, "I don't know if he will let you go to the bathroom! If you have to go, ask him!" HA! Never failed to cause at least one very red face and a room full of laughter. Hope you survived.

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  6. I started to say I hope today was better and then I saw your comment about the leak in the ceiling. Sounds like a very frustrating week. I hope you have a better weekend.

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  7. I wouldn't have been able to handle toilets overflowing. bwwaaaak.

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  8. When it rains, it pours - wow, what a week! Bet you're glad to see the weekend. Hope you have a better week ahead!

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  9. Oh WOW! I hope that this upcoming week goes a bit easier.

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