Monday, November 30, 2009

home sweet home

Today was a very, very trying day at work. For my new readers, I am a high school English teacher, teaching four sections of 10th graders and one section of 12th graders. I normally love my job, and rarely have discipline problems or any reason to dislike my work day. Today though, was one of those rare horrible days. I don't want to get into it (those of you who saw my tweets earlier, before I erased them, know a bit of what happened). I just feel like it may be a bit unethical/unprofessional to discuss child-related issues in a public forum. Hence the deleted tweets. Just know that a student said horrible things to me and the situation escalated (not by my own doing), and it was just a bad, bad day. Luckily I am at home now, but tomorrow I will have to deal with all of this with the administration and child. I am very proud of myself with how I handled it, and so are the other adults who witnessed it, so that's a plus. My head hurts though, from the crying I did (not in front of the student mind you!), and my heart hurts that someone could be that cruel. Regardless though, I was upset at the time, and when it escalated further after school I was more upset, but I refuse to let it affect me anymore. I came home to a huge hug from Hank and mac and cheese cooked by my darling. What could be better? So now I'm just trying to shake it off and get back to my happy self. I will say that I although I do love my job because I don't deal with things like this a lot, I recognize that some instructors do deal with situations like this quite frequently. So my hats off to them! Teaching can be a trying, tough profession that wears on you emotionally.

So. In other news, Hank leaves for a very, very small tour this Thursday. I was going to go along but decided to be responsible and not take off so many days during my Senior's presentations. Besides, a certain best friend's birthday trip is coming up and I need to use days then. We get ten days off per year, in addition to all the paid time for holidays (it's a pretty sweet deal), and the days roll over. Some veteran teachers have hundreds! I personally like to use them all every year. ha. So anyway, I'm sad he's leaving but he'll have a blast. Friday I am having a girly sleepover with Suki, and then Saturday it's shopping with Shirley and dinner with her, Alana and Erin. Sunday is family day, and Nanny's birthday. I'm so excited to see all of my friends and have some good, solid hangout time. It's also nice to stay busy when Hank is gone. When he gets home there are going to be lots of changes taking place and I'm very very excited about all of them. It's so great to open new chapters in life, and to be able to look with optimism at the future. And that's where we's a great place to be!

As for right now, I am going to be a lazy little thing and continue to rest in bed. I may watch a movie or I may nap. It sounds silly but I am emotionally exhausted and need a little break. Gym later for sure though.

Happy Monday, everyone. xo


  1. I was never rude to my teachers, I thought they were amazing people (I wasn't a teachers pet or anything like that) I just sat in the back and did my work. I always love to get to know them in a personal level, because they would like the same stuff I did and I thought it was the coolest thing.
    I do come from south America, its completely different over there, teachers are respected, I don't get why kids here are so rude with teachers.
    I'm glad you have your husband and a cozy house to go to after all of that nasty stuff.

    Feel better :)

  2. so so sorry for the tiring day you had. that's absolutely terrible that a teenager to whom you are giving so much to would behave like that. even though this one student has exhausted you, just keep in mind that for every one student that gives you trouble there are plenty more amazing students who make your job worth it!

    here's to a happier rest of the week!

  3. I am so sorry you had a bad day I hope tomorrow is much better...relax you deserve it!


  4. oh man, i can't even imagine being a high school teacher. i wouldn't be able to handle it! i'd probably react to situations like a high schooler! ha
    don't feel bad about relaxing... that would be very draining. i get emotionally drained from the littlest things these days. take care of you!

  5. oh dear. i am so sorry for the horrible day you had. i was always horrified when i saw students being rude to teachers--i was always taught to have waaaaayyyyy more respect than that. i'm sure it was totally undeserved on your part, and i hope your talk with the administration goes okay.

    at least your man had mac and cheese waiting for you :).

  6. i hope tomorrow goes so much better for you!

  7. aww teenagers can be so mean. some of the kids when I was in school were so mean to the teachers

    i hope you fee better now (but who wouldnt after mac and cheese AND brownies?!) xxx

  8. oh no :( sounds like you had a really rough day!i hope you're feeling a little better now x

  9. danielle, all of these hard trying moments are preparing you for motherhood. seriously. you will be so much more patient with your own child, and you will teach him to love and respect others, especially his elders. good for you, for keeping your cool. <3

  10. Sorry you had a bad day! Makes me sad when my "lil sis" is sad! :(
    But, I'm glad Hank was there to cheer you up & I'm sure you didn't let it keep you down for long.

  11. I work as an ESL tutor with 6-12 grade, and the high schoolers can definitely be a lot to handle! Most of my students are very respectful, but I do have a couple that are super rude, too! The students who behave and want to learn make it worthwhile, though. I like reading and knowing that I'm not the only one these things are happening to! I hope the rest of your week goes well!

  12. Yuck talk about a shitty way to start the week. Sorry you had to go through something like that around this time of year when everything should be merry. The easiest way I've gotten over something like this is working out. Maybe it'll help?