Practical wisdom

8 students – 1 who’s home sick =
7 students – 1 with a doctor’s appointment =
6 students – 4 in science =
2 students – 2 in music = 0 students for me to teach! = 2 hours of uninterrupted free time!

Something happened today that has never happened to me before: because of random schedule changes (with special pullouts like music, speech, etc), I had a two hour period of time without kids at the end of the day. Two precious, uninterrupted hours all to myself.... As I started to realize what was happening, I quickly ran through a list of all the things I could do in two hours:
I could organize the piles of junk on my desk, or file student work that's been piling up, or I could go make copies and get homework packets ready for next week, or I could make learning materials for next week's centers, or I could surf the net, or, or, or... My mind was racing so fast; I was so panicked with excitement that it took me a while to realize that my most pressing concern was to get to the bathroom before I wet myself.

It's like what my college professor always said. "If you want to be a teacher, you must have two things: a big basement [to store all that teacher stuff] and a big bladder". Now that is wisdom to live by!


Max said...

You don't have a big basement or a big bladder, so where does that leave you? (Unless "basement" is some sort of euphemism for butt. Burn.)

Sarah said...

For any of you out there that don't know... my husband was joking ;)

Anonymous said...

COOL...butts and bladders, what will be next?

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