A few funny moments I want to document/share before I forget them:
Student approaches me before class. I am standing just outside my door welcoming students like I do everyday. He stands directly in the doorway and begins telling me that his leg is really hurting him (completely oblivious to students trying to enter the classroom). He informs me he has tried ice and Tylenol but nothing seems to help. After about 2 minutes, I say, "Well, you're not really going to be running laps in my class today, so why don't you have a seat and we'll see how it feels in a bit."
Fast forward 10 minutes: Student approaches me again, "It really hurts. It even hurts when I'm sitting down." Me: "Why don't you go to the nurse." (Even though we've been informed not to send kids to the nurse unless they are puking or bleeding, since we have so many sick students currently. At this point though, I throw protocol out the window.)
Fast forward about 3 minutes (yep, the nurse has obviously dealt with this kid before): Student returns and has a seat.
Fast forward about 5 minutes: I'm walking around room while students are participating in stations. I enter the 5 foot radius of this student and he begins talking, "Man. I don't know what I did to my leg. It's so weird. I really want to be able to run track but........." I nod my head sympathetically and move on.
Fast forward about 8 minutes: I walk past once more. "Oh man [rubbing upper thigh], I really hope it's not broken." Me: "I think you'll be alright."
(Update: This was Monday. He hasn't mentioned his leg since (nor is he in a wheelchair). 8th graders!)
Student walks into Social Studies looking upset, with head hanging.
Jeremy (teacher) asks: "What's up with you, man?"
Student: "Puberty." Proceeds to seat. End of discussion.
I've got a lot of grading done this weekend, so far. Tonight I hope to put it away and spend some time with Brent. Tomorrow our good friends, Meagan and Shane, are going to come hang out and spend the night and Monday with us. Will blog more later. (Brent is sling free in 6 days!)