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A Crate, the Classateria, and a Walkie Talkie

March 26, 2013
Ms. Summers, age 20, when she was just Sunny.

Ms. Summers, age 20, when she was just Sunny.

It’s the middle of my third week back teaching in New Orleans. I teach 3 subjects with 9 different total classes stretched over alternating days in 4 classrooms. I have 6 hall duty posts. I share a moldy office with a coworker who gifted me my own White Out today. I carry a plastic crate around with all my class necessities and work books and a walkie-talkie if I need an escort or security support.

One of my classrooms is the classateria where we are always being drowned out by the ladies who cook for our children and who also gossip loudly about 15 feet from us. When I ask them to keep it down, the raised eyebrows are emphasized by the blue eye shadow. They keep it down, when I ask. But make no mistake. They don’t want to.

With around 65 kids, I’ve only had one who I’ve had to crack. The first day he skipped. The second day he pouted, shouted, begged to be put out. For 48 minutes. I of course said no, and that the more he wanted to be out, the more I wanted him in. The third day he just stared at me with his arms crossed. The fourth day he was a model citizen. Now he even says hi to me in the hallway.

I must admit, I’m feeling a little full of myself.

Classes are going well, for the most part. Kids are bought in. My rhythm in the classroom is coming back to full speed. I’m digging deep and enjoying the challenge of coming in mid-year. I have a million things to learn, but I suppose that’s the fun of getting up at 6 and getting home after 6. Every day I’m dropping nickels in my piggy bank of knowledge and experience. And it feels good.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2013 10:30 pm

    I love the analogy to the nickel bank. Knowledge is such an incremental thing, and I must remember that. Because I want to know it all, all the time.

  2. March 27, 2013 7:59 am

    there is no such thing as “just sunny” šŸ˜‰
    i’m enjoying reading “how sunny got her groove back” šŸ˜‰

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