Miss Slinger was gone today. I used to teach kindergarten and was by myself with 25 kids, so you’d think I could handle 17 on my own.
And I can, of course. But it was hard; I’ve gotten so used to having a wonderful assistant teacher in the room with me. When I arrived at work with coffee and some berry coffee cake, I spun around the room like mad trying to get everything ready.
Put away the parent conference stuff, check! Change the calendar to October, check! (Take a bite of breakfast.) Get the red scraps ready for our red collage activity, check! Write the morning message, check! Read my email, check! Get everything needed for centers time ready in my basket, check! (Take a sip of coffee.) Try again (and fail again) to find Knuffle Bunny, check! Set out the journals, change the date on the date stamps, set out the sign-in book, fill out the job chart, move the nametags, check check check! (Take another bite of breakfast.)
And actually everything was fine. It was just a little bit more intense. For some reason, the children were incredibly loud today. Cherry, who is STILL testing me to see what I will do if she doesn’t follow directions, stepped it up a bit. I had a hard time not getting really really irritated with her. And did I mention that they were loud? The other weird thing was that they were more needy than usual. It was “Mrs. X, can I do this?” and “Mrs. X, can I do that?” and they were tugging on me or saying, “Hey!” all morning long.
I’m still in a good mood, however, and I still do love them.
But I didn’t finish my breakfast until 12:30.