As some of you may remember, my daughter just turned two. The day after her birthday, she decided she was done with her crib and broke free right after we put her to bed. The hubs and I went in, calmed her down, and put her back to bed. Within a minute you could hear the thump, the run to the door, and the shaking of the knob again. We went in, did a quick 1-min. babyproofing of her room, pulled the mattress out and put it on the floor. Then we laid her down on her mattress and made a beeline for the door. After 1 min. of crying, she started talking to her animals and within about 30 min. she was asleep. Phew! It took 2 or 3 nights for her to go through this routine, but luckily now she stays in bed and talks herself to sleep like she has been doing for quite sometime (knock-on-wood).
Now at school, I’m dealing with changes in behavior, too. My grade level team shares kids for math instruction this year. Two (yes, TWO) of my little darlings have been asked to return to class to move their behavior clips recently. When questioned by the other teachers about how disruptive they were while doing this, it had come to my attention that both of these students left their math classrooms, went into hiding for a short period of time, returned to math class and lied to their math teacher about doing so. I must say, second graders can be sneaky, especially when they think they are avoiding getting into trouble. Unfortunately, they don’t think far enough ahead about the double consequence for lying.
I also had a little girl (not one of the previously mentioned darlings) showing off a ring during music class that my students knew belonged to another student in the class. When asked if this was true, she practically burst into tears about being falsely accused. Since I had a class to teach, I stopped by the office on our way back to class. I asked the office staff if the little girl could empty her pockets in front of them and explained the situtation. One of the ladies escorted this girl back to class about 5-10 min. later and said she needed to speak with me. Apparently, her pockets were empty, but she remembered seeing the ring somewhere. As they asked her to return to class, she discovered the ring on the floor by the office counter. It just happened to be right where she and I were standing when I asked them if they would be willing to watch her empty her pockets. Wow – what are the odds? (did you hear the sarcasm oozing out) She denied, denied, denied taking the ring despite all of the evidence. It took her a full day to fess up.
On top of all of this, I am trying to get all of my second trimester assessments and data collected. We have report cards due in about a week and a half and conferences will be held at the end of the month. I guess when it rains, it pours!!