Well, when I wrote Friday that the day sucked, I wasn't being dramatic in the least. I'm not even going to get into what happened, because I honestly don't want to think about it. The general picture is this: we took a field trip, and of course my little behavior problem child was in my group. While at the museum, his behavior was so inappropriate that I you wouldn't believe some of it. I spent the entire trip praying for it to just end and praying that he wouldn't just grab something and break it. It was the most disruptive, defiant behavior pretty much ever. And on a field trip, of course, there isn't much you can do about it.
Then, the cherry on top was a student from another class was in my group, and was being bothered by my student. When I leaned close to him and put my hand lightly on his shoulder to whisper, "Why don't you move away from him if he's bothering you," he snapped, "Get your dirty hand off me." Yup, it was quite the day.
After school though, I went out for a drink with a veteran teacher on my team and two other young teachers. My team teacher, Mrs. P, reminded me not to let one child ruin my career. She reminded me that no matter how horrible he is, I can't quit on the other 23 students who need me. She also stressed the importance of going home and thinking about those wonderful kids in my class, NOT thinking about the one kid who makes my life hell.
So, in the interest of taking her advice, I'm going to share a couple happy thoughts. My school does an evening called Celebrate Reading & Writing, at which each class shares a book of writing they made. Most classrooms do class books, or all write a poem, or something. In the interest of time, I assigned the project as homework and asked each student to go home and write SOMETHING. It could be anything they wanted. I also really just wanted to see what they would choose to write about on their own. I received stories, plays, narratives, informational paragraphs, poems, and even a comic. As I was typing them up last night (again, knowing it would be so much faster for me to just type them), I read one student's mystery story about Miss Teacher and her missing diamond. :D I love when I'm a character in the kids' writing. (And what is this about a missing diamond?? I wish!) I also read a student's acrosstic poem called CLASS, in which the second S was "Stunning Teacher." These two little moments made me smile.
I love so many kids in my class, and I love being their teacher. It's just so hard coming home depressed every day about the kid who is terrorizing everyone, especially me. I can't help but think how many easier jobs there are out there: waitress, barista, florist, nanny...I bet those people don't come home on a Friday night so bummed out by the day that they just lay around reading. I'm trying to remember that I teach for the kids in my room who love learning and who work hard every day. I can't let them down. But man, I just don't know if I can take this crap anymore from this one student...