Another tough one, I’m really having some challenges with the classroom dynamic. I did not have these troubles the previous two years in fifth grade. Quite honestly, I thought second grade would be different, a bit easier, to some extend, at least with regard to classroom management. Today, we had I think three different meetings about the problem. I moved the desks from tables into rows. I went from group work, to partner work, to individual seat work, and there were still disruptions. It’s a toxic environment and I’m not quite sure what’s happening. I had a seven year-old look me in the eye, say, “Quit your job,” then another kid farted immediately thereafter. Seriously.
It would almost be prudent to temporarily abandon hope of holding language arts and math until we can learn something about ourselves. I said to the students over and over again that I will not yell, get frustrated, or teach through disrespect and disruption. At one point, 45 minutes prior to the end of our day, I stopped, turned off the lights, asked that they put their heads down, and that’s how we sat. Look, I’m being honest here.
That’s been my fourth day.