Yesterday one of my students let out a yelp and when I went to see what happened, the little girl sitting next to the yelper (overcome with guilt and remorse evidently, since I didn't even have a chance to say anything) immediately paled, pointed across the table and said, "She told me to pinch her!"
Where do you even start with that kind of confession? What to do with the one who suggested such a mean stunt and what to do with the one who thought it was a good idea? We have had the mean kids talk before and generally they are not badly behaved with each other. We have three rules in our class:
They weren't doing very well that day...so, we had another little talk about being family and taking care of each other.
So much of my job is character building. Teach a kid to read???? Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Teach a kid to care? Ever so much harder.
We have much sickness going around our classroom and our school. Strep throat is most rampant, but we also have chicken pox and whooping cough in the school, so I am hoping that, perhap, the perpatrators just weren't feeling quite well.
And, starting on Sunday, I found I was having trouble taking deep breaths. No time for this. Have to do lesson plans. Monday, at school, was a little painful. Monday night I could not lay down it hurt so badly. Today, I finally broke down and went to the doctor...pleurisy. Mega dose ibuprofen and heat. So, I took my medicine and I wish you could see me sitting here. I have two velcro stretchy things holding my heated corn bag thingy (that I ususally use to heat my feet in bed) to my ribs. Next, I am going to attempt bed...in the prone position.
Here's to being well soon and having a kinder and gentler classroom.