This morning did not get off to a good start. Right before I got in my van and headed to school I noticed that our dog had some fun with our bathroom garbage can.
After cleaning that up, I started rushing around a bit and dumped my entire cup of coffee all over the floor in my van.
The Frozen soundtrack calmed me down a bit on my drive to school. My kids were at my parents’ house, so it was just me, my empty cup of coffee, and “Let It Go”. I picked my kids up at my parents house and started chatting with my two fifth grade brothers. My son was telling them about D.E.A.R., and they told him about how they read for the record yesterday. I asked them about what record they read for. I like to think that I’m on top of the reading game, so not knowing about this record was a little alarming. They informed me that they were trying to help break the record for most AR test taken in a day. WTH! (what the heck) – This made me throw up in my mouth a little. I have no problem with doing a whole bunch of reading in a day, but celebrating the taking of AR test is pretty depressing.
Things got a little better when I got to school. I vented a bit to my teaching partner and principal. When the school day started I could tell that I was on edge a bit, but I tried to pull it together for the kids. I was in the middle of a reading conference with a boy reading a Michigan Chillers book when my principal dropped off a cup of coffee. With the first sips of that coffee, I felt a lot of the tension drain from my body.
I spent most of the day a little bit on edge, but my students and I had a blast. It is amazing how far a small act of kindness can do for a person. Doing something nice for someone was not really on my radar this morning, but it was on my principal’s. I shared with my students my bad morning and how much Ms. Haney helped me get back on track. We had a great chat about it.
Here’s to a better tomorrow!