I have had an IEP meeting e-v-e-r-y single day this week.
My meetings on Monday and Tuesday were during my planning period at 8:45.
Yesterday, my meeting was at 1:30. My planning is at 8:45, so I needed someone to watch my kids.
I have an associate teacher who is in my room for at least half the day. We both provide reading and math interventions daily to all of my kids. So she is obviously very familiar with them. Normally during this time, she is with the other third grade teacher helping during centers. The principal said to have her watch them and it would be good practice for her (she'll be a first year teacher next year).
So, off I went to my IEP meeting. I told my kids I wasn't sure if I would be back in time for dismissal, so I told them to have a good evening, do their homework, and behave for the associate teacher.
Sure enough, I was not back in time for dismissal. I headed up to my room around 2:30 and asked the associate teacher how it went.
"Great, up until the last 5 minutes."
Not what you want to hear.
Turns out there was a fight in my room. I'm talking one kid pinned against the wall fight. She said she called and buzzed the office and no one came.
I was in shock. They were FINE when I left. What on earth caused this?!
I pulled both boys outside in the hall this morning and asked them what happened.
In science, they were talking about mimicry (a defense adaptation animals have) and I guess the kids were mimicing each other. Well, Student A kept mimicing Student B. Over
So, Student B got mad. Evidently, Student B threw his book bag at Student A. Then, the fight went into full swing. Student A eventually had Student B pinned against the wall.
They were obviously written up.
Okay, I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I just don't get it. I've told my kids time and again that I am not a Behavior Fairy who sprinkles magic fairy dust on them to behave. I pride myself on having a good relationship with my kids and for the most part, my class is well behaved. If they're not, I can get them in control quickly. So I just don't understand it. I mean, it was only 45 minutes!
I know that when kids aren't with their teacher, they act differently, but she's in our room daily for probably half of the day!
So, what happens when you're gone? Do your kids lose all knowledge of proper behavior when you're not right-there-with-them-at-all-times?
I am so glad tomorrow is Friday. It's our field day and I am in it to win it! I told my kids to come ready to win. I am ultra competitive and it may rival my freakishness around all things Carolina Football.
However, I am not looking forward to dealing with my mess of a room! I had an IEP meeting at 2:30 this afternoon that lasted until 3:10. Then, I had to book it to another meeting that started at 3:00! Busy Busy Busy. (I hope you read that like Professor Hinkle. If not, go back and do it again :)