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Feb 24 2010

Our First Dance

Yesterday I was absent for the second time. Luckily, I did not spend the whole day worried about my kids (just most of it). Also luckily, most of my classes behaved relatively well and all of them turned in phenomenal work at the end of class, so that’s a huge win. The bad news is that Period 3 was such a terror that the sub called one of our advisors into the room… THREE TIMES IN 80 MINUTES. Her note to me says that her day was full of “extremes and variety.” One of my classes was the best 8th grade class she’s had at the school, and then my bad class was a nightmare. Welcome to my life.

The best part of coming back to school today was the dance after school. I expected low turnout from my kids, since it was from 4:00-5:30 (seriously) and included fourth to eighth graders. But they did show up, all dressed up and in tight circles with their friends, while the little kids legitimately played tag around them. It was adorable (and such a throwback to middle school awkwardness).

At one point, I ended up in a dance-off with a boy in my homeroom. This involved a very large circle of cheering children around us while we took turns dancing. He is actually an incredible dancer and spun around all over the place. I, on the other hand, performed my best over-the-top awkward teacher dances (the Lawnmower, the Shopping Cart, the Sprinkler, even that plug-your-nose-and-drop-into-water one). The kids knew I was messing around and cheered their faces off. I also got on stage with a few other teachers for the Cupid Shuffle, and then walking around bugging groups of my kids who thought they were too cool for the YMCA or the Macarena. I had a great time and I think the kids really love that non-academic contact with teachers, but seriously… who have I become?

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