The Class That Sent Me into Labor
Do you ever have one of those groups that is notorious in the school for being “That Class”- You know the class where no substitute ever returns? The class that sends the teacher into retirement the next year? The class that you say a prayer as they walk in as you take a deep breath and just hope to survive? Yes. I have a couple of those classes. One in particular. 28 first graders. No help or assistance. Last period of the day. Lots of naughty boys. 4 behavior charts. Needy students. Academically low students who need my help but I can’t seem to get to and to top it off, some sassy little girls. The list goes on! I think most of it boils down to the number of students. You just don’t feel like you can get to all of them and be a truly GOOD teacher.
This was this class that sent me into labor.
Imagine that. I think my sweet little Nora sensed I needed a break and wanted me to have just one fun last little time with this group of cherubs before my maternity leave. :) As I was teaching this group, I noticed I didn’t feel well. Well, you are 9 months pregnant, close to your due date and it’s the end of the day. Of course you don’t feel well! Then, as I was giving directions to this class, I had my hand up in the air to signal quiet to the students (most were listening at this point!) I stopped short in my tracks and bent over a little. OUCH! I think that was a contraction. I mustered through it and kept talking. Hmmm.. Something is up, I said to myself. This was the first of many lovely contractions. Later that night I was in the hospital ready to have my baby girl, who was born the next day.
So, any pregnant ladies out there who are just itching to go into labor? Leave it up to your most challenging class to get the adrenaline pumping. You never know!
I have a lot more to share about this 1st grade management mess that I have left to my poor substitute…. She says things are going well, but they are just a little “high maintenance.”… I have some other words to describe them. Oh, Bless her heart! In attempts to find solutions to this group’s energy, I have modified my management plan jut for this group, which I plan to share very soon.
Any funny school and labor stories?
What about anyone out there who notices their blood pressure rise with certain classes- I know you’ve got them!