Holy cow!! Today has been a challenging one for more reasons that I can even begin to express. I don't know what it is with all my students but as soon as they walk through the door, their favorite question is "What are we doing today?" And allow me just to state that that question is my most hated question--ever. I write on the board "SWBAT" (meaning Students Will Be Able To) and then basically list an outline of what we will be doing. The kids are still getting in that routine so I can't be upset with them but wow does it try my patience.
But in one of my classes, I think I heard that question (and countless other distracting questions) more times than I could count. The period started out rough because of all their questions and me trying to calm them down. I am grateful that they want to learn though!! Maybe I need to do a bell ringer that says "write down all of your questions." But anyway, in this particular period, getting through the demonstration was challenging. I made it through and was able to have the kids help measure things. Before I passed out the Peanut Butter Play Doh (so yummy but even more fun to play with before you eat!), I went over the behavior expectations. Everything was going well and fortunately, the kids understood how critical it was to keep the play doh ON their plastic wrap. My patience level was still exhausted though. Some kid came up to me and asked me something. I don't even remember what the question was but it was more than I could deal with. I told my student to wait a moment and then turned my head away (like I was looking at something on the board). I took one deep breath and that was enough to calm me down. I have never had such a calming effect come to me by taking a deep breath. But was I ever grateful for it. I turned back to my student and then dealt with the problem.
It is so crazy but I also learned about the phrase "what goes around comes around" yesterday and today. One of my student's is the child of one of my BYU professors. It is so interesting to watch how this world really is so small! My hope is that I will be able to be just as good of a teacher to my student as the student's parent was to me! I learned so much more in this class at BYU then just the subject being taught. I truly learned by example to care about your students and doing everything you can to help them succeed. This teacher demonstrated patience and concern towards me. My biggest hope is to be able to pay these characteristics forward--not to just this one student but to all of them.
I saw the first glimpses of fall today as I was driving home. The very top of "Pride Rock" (can't remember what the real name is...) was beginning to turn red. It was so beautiful and made me SO excited!!! Fall really is my favorite season! :) It has both of our birthdays and now our anniversary as well as it is just so fun to crunch the leaves below your shoes!