Friday, January 25, 2013
holy buckets what a week and a conversation at school
UGH!! I know the saying crap rolls down hill as I stand here mired in it up to my ankles, BUT if one more administrator says "we" can do it, I swear I won't be held accountable for my actions. I'm biting my tongue so hard it's starting to bleed. AAAAaaaaaaa....
Okay, I'm done kicking and screaming.
One of our students is having surgery and will be covered in plaster from waist to ankle with a bar to keep their legs in the proper position for 6 weeks and "they" don't see it as a problem letting this student come to school without extra assistance. We have seven special needs students, which doesn't sound like much until you take into consideration that their developmental age averages at the 1.5 - 2 year range. There is only so much three adults can do!
I've asked myself a couple of times this week why it is that I decided against a career field where I could sit at a nice quiet desk looking at the computer all day? (I'm not sure what gets done on the computer because I've never had that type of job, I assume everyone is playing solitaire or tetrus). Then I remember that it's because I would be comatose from boredom, I don't do well sitting still, which is why I work with children. Hey! it's good to know I chose the right job after all! Despite these occasionally crazy days I wouldn't change my job for anything.
I did have a couple of conversations this week too.
Talking to Little Miss:
She was talking about her mom and dad but not her brother so we (myself and the teacher) asked her what was he doing at home.
Her: (his name) poop!
She giggles and we start laughing because it was an unexpected answer.
Conversation #'s 2,3 and 4
The afternoon class is higher functioning and the children have more language. We were sitting at the lunch table having a snack when three different students decided they needed to talk to me right then. Talk about being overwhelmed. I followed their conversations as best as I could. All three conversations were going on at the same time.
Child 1 and 3 have a lot of language and good verbal skills, they were talking about their dad's. Child 2's language and verbal skills are not as good, she has words but also a lot of garbled speech. All I could understand went like this:
Her: Jabber.. jabber.. garbled... Dora, Blue Clues, Scooby Doo in the water...
Me: Scooby Doo and Dora were in the water?!
Her: very excited, eyes big. yeah, garbled..jabber..garbled..jabber.. YEAH!!
Me: (completely confused but didn't show it) WOW!!!
Her: I know!
I think I just missed the best punch line ever!
Little Miss did the sweetest thing this week. I was holding her with her chest at my shoulder. She reaches around my neck with her left hand to pat me on the back and give me a hug as she says,
Buttercup and gives me a kiss on my cheek. That made the week worth it. =]