Wow. What a morning. Yes, I know it’s only 10:30, but it’s already been that kind of morning.
The classroom teacher, my GenEd co-teacher, is out today so I spent part of the morning getting her stuff set up. No biggie. I got her day together, I got my day together, I got my one particular student set up, I watered the hermit crabs. All’s well.
The kids came in so I wanted to be sure they knew what was going on so I called out directions, reminded some students that they had work to catch up on, answered questions, and generally had a good opening. One student had his hair buzzed down over the weekend and also arrived wearing a small tank top. It was 34 degrees this morning. I had him take off his Michelin Man coat, and went to the nurse to get him a better shirt.
While there, I was reminded that I was supposed to cover a classroom for Extended Team Planning. Totally forgot. I only needed to cover from 8:45-9:00. It was now 8:59. Ran there to cover for all of one minute, apologizing profusely to the girl that covered for me, then I went back and got the boy a shirt. He was very happy. 🙂 His smile made my day.
My student, “Steve”, has not been feeling well for almost a week now. He’s snotty, stuffy, coughing, etc. He maxed out today and had had enough of this cold. He was able to articulate, “My head, my nose.” Then we really let me know how he felt.
His cereal went flying and Steve refused to clean it up. And by refused, I mean hitting, scratching, attempted bites, scratching (repetition intended), and yelling. Alrighty then. Like any other SpEd teacher I spelled out what was going to happen next in kind, quiet words and visuals. One finger up (no, not that finger) “First you’re going to help me clean up, ” second finger up, “then we’re going to go to the nurse.” Nope. It became necessary to call for backup who helped me help Steve clean up the mess, took him for a time-out, then to the nurse. Love my back-up!
So there I was this morning, at the nurse again. Thankfully it wasn’t a bite this time, only a few scratches. Our nurse wiped me down with 2(HO) and I was good to go. Until I decided to take another precaution and wipe it all down again with Germ-X. For the love of God, don’t ever do that to yourself. Holy crap that stung!
So my guy is gone for the day and probably tomorrow. I miss him already but glad he’s home resting. :\ On the plus side, the Hubs bought me a sports bra yesterday as a running gift without me being there. It’s not sturdy enough for running, but kept the girls firmly locked down through the morning’s activities. Awesome!