So today was a ROUGH WEEK!! R-O-U-G-H. Let's spell it out...
Monday: Normal, one student moved down the consequences chart
Tuesday: HORRIBLE PRE HUMP DAY. Man that day was rough. The students were CRAZY. I had to move four of them to chairs without pencils or paper. They stole my pencil sharpener (the second one) and unscrewed the screw so they could steal the blades out of it. Then they return it to me and say "oooh Miss this is broken I can not write anymore." Really? Then, I had my two lovely ladies cause oh so much trouble. One throws pencils across the room while yelling at other students and me. Then she proceeded to crumble up not only her paper, but two people's paper around her. Lovely. The young man sitting in front of her decided to swear at her in Spanish (They don't know I speak Spanish!) and started flashing gang symbols. Even better. After a brief few moments of calm, they began to act up again. The pencil-thrower started reading the paragraph out loud without my solicitation and continued to read the entire paper over me telling her to start. Anyway, I told them they would stay after into their lunch period 2 minutes. Well this just pushed her and the young man OVER the edge. When the bell rang, they decided they were leaving, not matter what. So pencil-thrower pushed passed me into the hallway (shouldering me on the way--btw she is bigger and taller than me ahhhhhhh!) and the rest of the class began to follow. I announced that for whoever left the classroom they could walk straight to the Principal's office and get suspended, because they do not have permission to leave my classroom. So, only one other left -- the boy who was swearing in Spanish. He said that he would "jump any teacher after school" who gave him extra work or tried to keep him after. This is my life? hahaha
YUCK!! Who wants to deal with this? Ew.
Wednesday: Not much better. Both students were back (and I was being observed by a bunch of people to monitor their behavior -- our way of intimidation!). It went allright, not too much better but I didn't get threatened or pushed! (Small victories, people)
Thursday (today): GREAT. It's amazing what one night away can do right? My three major trouble makers were taking their TAKS tests today (so they can pass onto 8th grade) so my happy and committed students were there today. We played Jeopardy and the competition was great! Students were invested and wanted to know the answers. I loved the team work and the focus on the task. I wish that was everyday! I never realized how much one person can change the attitude or atmosphere of the classroom. I really hope I was never that person in school, although I kind of think I might have been! Haha
Friday: FREEEDOOOMMMMM, wooot woooot!! I can taste it. only 85 minutes of class time and 8 more hours of sessions and I am free for two and 1/2 days.
Two more weeks here in Houston, it's been an interesting ride!