You can say that again.
What a week, and what a nightmare today was.
Students engaging in self-mutilation: eraser burns that leave scars.
A new student who started this week is a member of a known gang and came in determined to establish himself.
A family feud. In my classroom. A step brother/sister and cousin combination.
A family/school drama, with some families protesting the new curriculum the school counselor is teaching about behavior management, and declaring their children "off limits:" never to have any contact, ever, for any reason, with this staff member. The number is growing as they gather in the lobby and the parking lot to gain momentum.
Another student drama; after disrupting the classroom 3 times, this student declared: "Just give me a zero; I'm not going to do this anyway.' I said ok, and entered it in. The 4th disruption I gave her our version of a "demerit." She said, "Go ahead. Give me as many as you want." I said, "Ok, why don't we just give you the limit right now and you can just be done for the year?" She said, "Go ahead. Knock yourself out." So I did.
She then approached me after class in tears and asked me to remove all of those demerits. I told her I'd do that when I met with her parents and we made a contract, with behavior goals. She did not like that idea.
Then there was the art project at the end of the day: 30 6th graders with clay. What a mess. They spent 90 minutes playing with it, instead of making the assigned project, and then panicked. Just as they were all getting up and down to clean up, and I do mean clean up...there was clay
everywhere, we were joined by another (15) 8th graders whose teacher had to leave campus 30 minutes early. 45 of them for the last half hour, in the midst of a major clean up job.
I'm tired, I have a cold, and I'm ready for winter break right now.