What can go wrong will go wrong… did go wrong- round 2.
On my last blog, The View from Student Teaching, I wrote about Murphy’s Law and a day when everything went wrong. Today I had a repeat day, round 2 of Murphy’s Law. The day started as usual. No big upsets, no majo crisis but when recess hit all hell broke loose. A student owed recess, refused to sit in the hall, told me “no” and kept on playing. I had to call the sub principal because ours was out of the building for a bit. I also found stolen reward tokens and a protractor that belonged to the teacher next door in her book bag. It was still in its brand new wrapper. The principal was back in for a bit and we had a conversation with the student about her current situation.
At the end of the day, one of my students who goes to tutoring after school got on the bus instead of going to tutoring. It was whole debacle where the bus driver was called and the student snuck off the bus even though he was supposed to come back to school. Parents didn’t pick up the phone when I called so tomorrow the student will be calling and explaining what happened. I may be suggesting an after school detention to make up the work he missed in tutoring.
The twist that really cemented a day of Murphy’s Law catastrophes, came when a parent showed up expecting to meet with me and the principal. The principal was no longer in the building and I was supposed to be in a meeting. I had figure out what to do on the spot and I felt like a total idiot. I can only imagine the parent saying, “no wonder my child is failing, that teacher is a total moron!”
The only good thing about Murphy’s Law days are days that follow them. I get riled up and I get on a roll and I can move mountains with my level of stubbornnes. Believe me, this is only the beginning. Nine year old doesn’t even know how bad this can get. I think my classroom is going to have quite a few after school guests working off lost instructional time when everyone else gets to go home. Just you wait.
Despite everything, the people around me keep my spirits up! I know I can duck down the hall with tears in my eyes and there will be someone’s room I can poke my head into and that person will tell me things are not as bad as they seem. There is always someone there and I couldn’t be more proud of my school for that. I couldn’t be more lucky to have really good people rooting for me. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong and does go wrong but I know I can count on the amazing people around me to lighten the burden enough to make it through.