Oh, man. Today the kids were off the chain. All I had to do was give them a goddamn unit test. Piece of cake, right? Ha. Half the class first period got zeroes for talking. Kids were out of their seats, roaming around, completely disregarding everything I said. I was breaking up a spat between a young man and young lady who were trying to spray each other with an overhead transparency cleaning spray when the 8th grade administrator popped in the room. "Same kids every day. There is something wrong with these kids," she said, and left.
Now that's leadership.
I told the kids I was calling their parents to hoots and howls of derision. I told them I was going to videotape them and show the video to their parents. They danced, they mooned the camera, they fronted hard core. I wish I could show you the video, but of course it's illegal to show video of kids without their parents' permission.
Strangely, I didn't lose my temper or lose my cool. I simply tried my best to rein it in, and worked with those students who wanted to do well on their tests as best I could.
3rd period was a dream.
Now I'm ready for a 3-day weekend.