I have been teaching 2nd grade this week. Boy, have they stressed me out. Yesterday I had the worst day I have had teaching in a while. Thankfully today was better. Not much but enough. They did make me laugh today. Yesterday when I was doing out math lesson (and if you know me, you know that math gives me the hives so I am very nervous about ruining math for some young mind) and I said something like, "Ok, we have $0.75 and we are going to the candy store and we have enough money to buy a whopping big candy bar". They ask me what "whoppin" meant and I explained it to them. Well, today they were thinking that whoppin is a something not a way to describe it. Today we were doing the same type of lesson (subtracting money) and I said that we were going to be going to the "toy" store to spend our money. One little boy (who is actually a 1st grader but is very good in math so he comes to this class) excitedly yells out that he wants to buy some whoppin. I ask him what he wanted and he said that he wanted to buy some whoppin. I laughed so now when we do our math lessons we pretend to be doing yardwork to earn money to buy things. . . . .like whoppins! I have to say that today math was the best part of my day (I can't believe I actually said that!). The rest of the day was spent repeatedly repeating these words. . . . .BE QUIET. . . .STOP TALKING. . .BE QUIET. . . .STOP TALKING and so on and so forth. I told the kids during Bible (while they were arguing and such) that I was going to go home and pull out all of my hair because they were giving me a headache. Didn't seem to bother them that their sub may come to school tomorrow bald!! Well, I had better close up for tonight.
Days like yesterday and today are the kinds of days that I really need my Mom to talk to. She would have loved the whoppin story. And yesterday she would have told me that things would be ok and that I was doing a good job and that she was proud of me. I really miss her.