Ugggghhhh. What's worse than teaching in a City middle school? Teaching the day after a 12-day hiatus. The kids are typically tough to manage--today they were wholly unmanageable. Who can blame them, what with their new gear?--MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc. These kids qualify for free and reduced lunches paid for by the Feds and they get more loot for Xmas than I do.
I didn't sleep a lick last night. I kept having absurd dreams that I had slept through my alarm and I was late, and then I would wake up and check the clock. This happened every ten minutes between midnight and 3am, at which point I simply stopped going back to sleep.
After school I called more than a dozen parents--and called about six more houses where the number was disconnected. I assigned detentions but nobody showed up. It's gonna be a fun January baby!