Thursday, October 2, 2008

Weeks Like This...

Thank God tomorrow is a holiday! I have certainly earned one after this week. In addition to the bank situation yesterday, I am having computer problems, I have misplaced my camera, and there has been some switching around of classes at school. On the positive side, I no longer have to teach my least favorite class. On the negative, I now have a completely new class of six new kids and five familiar kids, and I had three new kids added to another class. Also, one of my absolute favorite kids quit this week, because her mother wants her to focus on math rather than English.

My week has been made all the more stressful by my older kindergartners and my two classes of second-graders. For some reason, the kids in those classes have been crazy this week. Even the good kids have been disruptive and hyper. In another class, all of the kids have been bullying their younger classmate, to the point of having her in tears a few times. I do what I can to protect her, but there isn't much I can do outside of class. I've never had to bring out Miss Hyde (my disciplinarian alter-ego) so many times in one week!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"