Freaky Friday

For many professionals, Friday is the highlight of the week, because it is a day that signals the start of the weekend. For teachers, Friday is slightly bittersweet, because while the thought of the upcoming weekend is tantalizing, actually getting through Friday takes almost as much energy as the rest of the week combined. Throw in a couple of extra factors, such as unseasonably warm weather, an upcoming holiday, possibly crack for breakfast for a couple of fourth graders, and Friday can be a real trial.

Such was my day yesterday, and I am only now (Saturday, 4 PM, with a long-awaited Peppermint Mocha in my bloodstream) starting to feel my muscles relax. My own voice is still echoing in my head from yesterday with bizarre reprimands that were somehow necessary:

“A, please stop growling at your classmates. If you really want to crawl on your hands and knees, you can pick up the trash on the floor.”

“B, I realize that you are frustrated, but screaming at Child C and kicking his shins is not appropriate. Please apologize.”

“D, take that plastic bag off of your head. That is not safe.”

“E, thank you for sharing, but please do not bring poisonous animals to school any more.”

“No, F, you may not stand in your chair during this lesson.”

“G, do not pull your shirt up during class.”

“H and I, it is never your job to tell a teacher what you should or shouldn’t be doing during class.”

“J, would you please go find K?”

“L, just because M’s backpack has rollers doesn’t mean it is okay for you to ride on it.”

“N, your pencil bag is not a weapon.”

It’s no wonder that by the end of the day, all I have energy for is “Zzzzz…”

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8 responses to “Freaky Friday

  1. Mmmm… peppermint mocha! I had one in Seattle. I am glad to see it back on the menu. It just makes the season more merry and bright!

    You know how they say there’s a Starbucks on every corner in Seattle? Well, it’s not true exactly… I counted FIVE within FOUR blocks. And I was excited about having five in our entire city!

  2. Wow. Don’t you love fourth grade. That’s so funny.

  3. Yeah I am ready for bed at about 8:30 pm on Fridays!

  4. I like your post … especially the alphabet part where you end up with zzzzz’s!

    I spent 13 years teaching middle schoolers and high schoolers. You’d think that teaching adults would be different. No, we still look forward to Fridays!C

  5. You’ll have to tell us about students O-Y someday!

  6. Well, I would, but those are the ones whose mothers check this blog.

  7. Surely they can’t crack your code!

  8. i remember 4th grade…that was a good year

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