Thursday, February 16, 2012


Yesterday was a less than spectacular day in first grade.
Honestly one of the toughest, most frustrating days I've had in my career.
It was a day full of discipline needs from the very moment the first bell rang.
Disrespectful to adults in charge.  Bratty attitudes.  Lying.
And that was the first 10 minutes of school.
It went downhill from there.
I hate, hate, hate days like that.

Went to bed with a headache.
Woke up with a headache.
Got the 6th grader off to school without incident.
Last night he had a major meltdown about a math problem.
We might have had some yelling and crying.
And am currently dealing with the crying 2nd grader.
She's not feeling well.
And is exhausted from not sleeping well.
Yep.  Looks like a grand day here.

**If you are the first person to comment explaining the BAZINGA comment, I'll send you either the pre-primer sight word smash game or the primer sight word smash game that are available exclusively at Teacher's Notebook!  Maybe brightening someone else's day will help me find my smile this morning?**

So. . . today's going to be a day of survival.
An attempt to be more patient.
More thoughtful.
It has to get better than yesterday.

Many thanks to all who left such kind and supportive words about the SMASH game yesterday!  You made me smile!  It's a new favorite in my classroom.  My littles LOVED the challenge of the "bonus" cards (the ones where they had to say the whole phrase with the correct mathematical comparison term - ie: 28 is "ten greater" than 18).

I'm working on some add-on sets of cards.  Some of my littles need very specific practice with numbers of a smaller value before being thrown right to the larger value numbers.

How do you deal with days like yesterday?


  1. I am sending you some hugs and the Liebster Award. Hope your day is better!

    Misty @
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  2. Today will be a better day. Bazinga, like from The Big Bang Theory?


  3. Aww man, so close! I love Shelldon from Big Bang Theory....and his catchprahse BAZINGA! :)

  4. Have to agree that TBBT is awesome! Sheldon is great!

    Cathy I.

  5. What's with 6th grade math, any way? I was almost in tears trying to help my son last week. Don't they know I teach 1st grade? I had to call in my 30 year-old cousin for help... he works at a car rental company by trade. Sad, indeed.

    I think many of us are having a "season" of similar feelings. I'm right there with you! I get through by thinking about my own kids and how normal they seem in comparrison! Hang in there, kiddo.

    I am completely in love with Sheldon! My hubby is cool with it- he thinks it's weird though :)

    New Adventures in First Grade

  6. Hope you had a better day today! I had a similar one yesterday too. Big Bang Theory is awesome! I use "bazinga" on a daily basis!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  7. Sorry to hear it was a rough day. Those days just seem to snowball sometimes. I'm hoping you'll have a better day today and a good weekend.