Today was a blur. I woke up to a text from my grade level partner telling me she’s out sick for the day, and where to find the materials for her sub. Immediately I was in go- mode. Got done with my routine a little early so I could get everything ready before her sub walked through the door. Once I had taught him how to use the projector, where to find the library cards, how to operate the attendance system…I was able to make it into my room right before the bell. Luckily, I have my specials right away, so I spent that time getting ready for the day. JUST KIDDING! I spent it inventorying and switching out my old science unit with my new one. I got a quick bathroom break before it was time to pick up the kids.
The rest of the day went (mostly) as planned. Those kids were….well…those kids, and the rest of us operated on our normal frequencies. We got through most of what was on the agenda, with a few blips in between (as is bound to happen). I spent my lunch in a meeting with the social worker, my recess on the phone with the potential field trip destination….all while dealing with an unmedicated migraine because my prescription ran out and can’t be refilled until my next appointment (on the 12th). Needless to say, my day was CRAZY! It happens. It’s life.
On my way out to car duty (yep, an extra 20 minutes of fresh air at the end of the day), I nearly bowled over my student from last year who was featured in many of my slices. My sweet baby angel who needed lots of attention and love to make it through the year. I profusely apologized, knowing his propensity to overreact- but was surprised when I was met with (my favorite) giggle and a smile. He said “Don’t worry Ms. Meier, I could NEVER be mad at my FAVORITE TEACHER,” then snuggled in for a hug before racing out the doors to beat his brother to the car. I felt warm from my head to my toes as I basked in the joy and love from my little buddy. Even on days like today, being a teacher is some kind of wonderful.