This weeeeeek will go down in the history of my life as one of the longest on record. Disaster precipated disaster. I have never been given so many new tasks with so little direction in such a small amount of time.
Monday I was given paperwork at 8 o’clock in the morning which needed to be returned by noon — and I had to figure out how to complete it while teaching. Tuesday and Wednesday, for my afterschool tutoring group, I was handed incomplete lesson plans and few of the necessary supplies. After every tutoring session I am required to post online, but my password wasn’t agreeing with the program. Midweek the principal came to ask how the new writing program was going — and all of the 5th grade teachers (myself included) were surprised to hear there was one …
On top of all that, I was asked to direct an event for 175 kids — Karaoke. Noise. Mayhem. Madness. And around 230 kids arrived. We scrambled to find snacks for all the extra kids — my car trunk was opened and all the Sunday School snacks poured forth (hmmm, I wonder if I could get in trouble for feeding them “church” food?) and kindergarten opened their larder. The more difficult problems to solve were the two karaoke machines, one room, 200+ kids, and no microphones ….
Still, a good time was had by all. The teachers at my school are awesome. We all looked around, took stock of what we did have, and made a party happen. I have to tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve sung, Hakuna Mata, and then done the Hookey-Pokey with a couple hundred assorted kids.