It has been a few months since I posted. In that time I have not had a single experience like the one described in my previous entry.
I have had a LOT of snow days, though. In fact, today is my 12th snow day. I really feel bad for subs in the area.
This past weekend I agreed to chaperon a middle school dance/lock-in. The dance was pretty hilarious; boys along one wall, girls along another. Eventually the high school National Honor Society students putting it on got kids on the dance floor. They held a limbo contest towards the end. I got in line and tried, but fell on my knees on the first attempt. The kids thought it was hilarious. One of my 7th graders filmed it, and I got her to email it to me. The video is awesome because you can hear the girl and her friend narrating. "What is he doing?! Can he even make it?!" I would really like to post the video here, but as it shows dozens of the kids at my school, you'll have to just take my word on how great it is.
Yesterday I had my first puker. With about 15 minutes left, one of my 7th graders raises his hand and says, "I don't feel good, I'm really warm. I think I'm gonna be sick."
And then... he did. All over his books, papers, binder, and desk. Considering the volume, very little of it actually made it to the floor.
The rest of the class was VERY mature about it. At that time they were all working on a worksheet. There were a lot of quite "eeeww"s, but they kept working.
I was (and still am) impressed by their level of maturity.
Later in the day two other teachers asked me about my "morning floorshow." Apparently word got around.
And the year goes on.