Another rotten day. My bad mood has extended to three days (though, oddly enough, I'm feeling pretty good right now... probably because I was just able to give away my ticket for tonight's The Murder of Isaac at Center Stage in favor of some much-needed rest and an even more-needed trip to the gym), and I finally am sitting for the first time today.
The mood was so bad today that I got in a conflict with a student. Now, this was her fault, not mine - you don't decide to laugh when I ask for silence, and then you don't say "This is fucking bullshit" when I put you in the hallway to do your work - but it probably wouldn't have happened if I was in a better mood today. The class was definitely at a point, though, where I knew someone was going to have to go, and this young woman decided to be the one. Another young lady got in a similar conflict, but when I asked her to go in the hallway, she just did it - and in my discussion with her later, I complimented her on her cool demeanor. Not so with Girl A.
Anyhow, I send about one student to the office all year, and this was the one. The discipline guy down there, a jovial man with a perpetual smile on his face, called up to me afterwards, "So, Miss ______ had a little outburst in class today, I imagine?"
"Yes, a fairly minor one, but I needed her gone."
"Do you want her back later this period? I told her not many students have outbursts in Mr. Epiph's class."
"No, you can have her. Have her come see me after school."
She didn't, which means now she's getting a full-fledged writeup and I'm calling mom, so she continues to escalate the situation. If a 14-year old wants to get into a pissing contest with me, I'm going to win.
I'm also just generally feeling horribly overwhelmed by everything swirling around me right now. Essay week will do that to a guy. So will coming into school in the morning and finding plastic draping your first period classroom door, complete with a sign proclaiming "Microbiological Hazard - Keep Out" because the room the condemned yesterday with black mold. I had to find a new spot for my kids in the matter of seconds. Ugh.
The day actually ended very well, with 30 kids showing up to my Outward Bound informational meeting. That made me very, very excited. It's something that I can't believe I pulled off enough to get a full classroom; I was expecting 8 kids or so.
My day was further improved when I came home and realized that today is the first day of spring training! Pitchers and catchers reported today. Woo-hoo!
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