My apologies if that title is misleading : )
06.02.2009 70 °F
The people that frustrate me the most are also the ones I love the most. Take the following as an example:
Class this week was a disaster. I tried to plan some really fun and exciting activities for my second grade girls, but they just couldn't handle it. And while they were chattering and not listening, I was pulling out my hair and (not proudly) yelling. But Fridays are always blessings, and this one could not have been more perfect.
Today during my recess duty, I had the opportunity to visit a true Colombian spa. Native Colombians attended my every need. My back was massaged. Then my face was lotioned, and my lips glossed. Then I headed over to receive a manicure. Next my hair was brushed. And finally I was able to choose some beautiful stamps as decorations for my hands. I chose a star, heart, and flower. The stamps were from The Little Mermaid and the native Colombians were from second grade. : )
They were adorable and were so excited to pamper me and the two other teachers on duty...one a male computer teacher. He, however, stopped them at the lip gloss.
I just find it amazing that my attitude about these students can change so drastically from one minute to the next. I think sometimes my problem is that I'm not really cut out to be an elementary teacher. Acting as a camp counselor to 8 year olds is much more up my alley than teacher because I still love to play. These are the times I will remember when looking back on this experience in Colombia: having fun, playing with, and getting to know my girls' personalities. Hopefully they will remember these times too, rather than the times I get frustrated and start to yell : ( I know I tend to remember the good parts about my teachers.
I wish I would have gotten pictures of my spa experience, but I wasn't expecting such wonderful treatment during recess duty. However, I'm sure this is not the last I will see of the Second Grade Spa.