Something compelled me to make a Facebook page for my blog tonight.  I love Facebook.  I'm on it all the time, and I think it's such a great way to connect with people!  So... here is the link to my new Facebook page for Blooming In First!!!  Please consider following me there!  I'm not sure exactly how I plan to use it yet, but I'm sure I will find a way.

I spent most of my day pretty angry and upset.  Remember the computer bench I built a few weeks back?  The kids have been using it when they come in for reading groups in the morning, and somehow, one of the hooks that the headphones hang on got KNOCKED OUT of the wood.  As in, the child managed SOMEHOW to force the hook hard enough that it actually ripped a hole in the wood.  Can you tell how angry I am?  I know it sounds horrible to be angry about this, but...
1.  This wasn't an accident.  That bike hook is HUGE.  The diameter of the screw is at least 1/2 of an inch.  I screwed a pilot hole in the wood, then screwed the hook in.  It was in there pretty good.  The wood is almost 2 inches thick.  Those hooks were solid.

2.  I have had it up to HERE with the way reading groups in my school are run this year.  We have to switch kids (a practice I don't agree with!) and a group of kids from the other two first grade classes come in, along with a few of my own students.  The group of kids that come in to my room have absolutely no regard for anything you say.  There was one day that I was introducing the new centers, and I had the kids sitting in a circle on the rug.  About half of the kids just talked when I was talking and had no regard for the fact that I was trying to speak.  The ones who weren't talking and were actually listening were one girl from one of the other classes, and every kid that is in my class.  I was so frustrated.  This is a constant problem.  The 3 kids who were somehow involved in pulling the hook out of my computer weren't from my class.  It's been a constant problem all year, and while I won't be getting into any more detail, lets just say that today was the last straw for me.  When I just walk away without saying a word, you know I'm mad, and that was exactly what I had to do today. I was so mad, I could have cried.  It's frustrating putting your own time and energy into something, and it be torn up.  I've watched my beautiful classroom be torn up all year, and I'm over it.

I'm sorry... I didn't begin this blog post to vent, but I'm still so extremely upset about this whole situation, I guess I just needed to vent.  So I'll leave you with a funny story that I posted yesterday on my personal Facebook page:

"I witnessed my first first grade "breakup" today. It was hilarious. They were getting their backpacks and the little girl said to the boy "I want to break up with you." I couldn't believe my ears. So I asked her what she said, and she repeated it. Then she told me that they were boyfriend and girlfriend because they liked each other so much. But she didn't want to be his girlfriend anymore. I had to walk away, I was laughing so hard. Luckily, there were no tears. :-)"

Seriously, that was the most uneventful breakup I've ever seen.  Plus, the boy was telling someone the day before that he had 2 girlfriends.  I guess the little girl decided that she was fed up with his two-timing!  Goodness gracious, I can't imagine if these were REAL breakups and relationship drama!!! :-)

I know I've mentioned this before, but I have had a sore throat for a few weeks now.  I've actually lost count.  It hurts even more/in a different way today.  I guess it's a good thing we have most of next week off, because I'm going to make a doctors appointment.  I've waited too long already, but I don't like to take off work! :-(

Back to the point of this post:  Would you be my Facebook friend? :-)



  1. Wow, sounds like you have had a tough time with some things lately. It does not seem like switching kids is a good idea at all. I can't believe how disrespectful the "visiting" kids are. I hope things will get better soon. Hopefully their teacher will support you.

    Compassionate Teacher

    1. It's really not that bad. It's just that the first two hours of my day are the worst, but once I get my own students back, my day is wonderful. My own class is awesome. And I haven't found that their teacher is very supportive or helpful at all, and this kind of stuff has been going on all year long. I'm just fed up. And you're right, switching kids is NOT a good idea, but I don't have the power to change it. :-(

      Thanks for visiting/commenting!