Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tell Me the Stories Tuesday- Dr. Seuss Day Disaster

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So Piggy backing on my last post I thought I would relate to you one of the many adventures of my first year of teaching. Now remember this was not your ordinary teaching job. I was warned and so were all of my references (to see if they thought I could handle it) that this class was the class from you know where. Well within my first two weeks of teaching was Dr. Seuss Day. At our school, Dr. Seuss Day was really celebrated with week long activities and a family reading event in the evening. It culminates on Friday with some sort of classroom event.

Karen, a fellow 4th grade teacher and the teacher who let us live with her, and I decided to have a fun read in with our two classes and make green eggs and ham with them. We started by pushing all the desks in my classroom out of the way, gathering in my room, letting the kids socialize a little and then settle into reading. We divided the class into groups so Karen could take them to the teachers lounge to cook with them.

Well when she took her first group down I soon discovered we had a major problem on our hands. Unknown to me (heck I was still learning the kids at all), we had two rival girl gangs in our classes. It was my girls versus hers, and the two ring leaders and their main backers were all left in the room together with me. So shortly after Karen left, we almost had a big fight break out in my room. I can't remember how I kept it under control until Karen got back, but we learned that we couldn't do activities together without a lot of planning to keep these groups separate.

3 comments:

Rachel C. said...

Yikes! That sounds awful!

jenjen said...

Wow - that is crazy!!!

Thanks for coming over to my blog. It's nice to meet you! I am excited to look around and get to know you better. You have a beautiful family!

XOXO
jen

Kristi M. said...

And to think that they are just kids makes you so sad.