Six and one half days… that´s what I have until spring break. Well, six and one half WITH students. Eight more working days. Six and one half days equates to… how many hours? I don´t know… I don´t have the energy to work it out. We have parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday this week. Thursday we teach until 11:40, then have conferences from 3 – 8. Then, conferences on Friday from 11 – 4. Thursday will be a LONG day, but at least I can sleep in a bit on Friday. But today? Today was rough.
Drama. So tired of the third grade drama. She said/she said. I let him borrow this, now he won´t give it back. She said she won´t be my friend anymore because I played with someone else. And the talking. The incessant talking. Talking while I´m teaching. Interrupting while I´m talking to another student. Interrupting while I´m talking to another adult.
Now, I am not exactly a first year teacher. This is my 24th year in my district. I run a tight ship. Typically, exit polls are positive. Over the last couple of weeks however, I feel as though I´ve lost control. My typical methods are no longer effective. I am beyond frustrated. So… I will spend the next hour or so working on a new seating arrangement. Again. And hope for the best. I will also be having some very frank discussions with parents this week. IF they show up for conferences. Wish me luck.