PEOPLE! I am going to lose my mind over all of the classroom interruptions that I am dealing with. Seriously. When I end up in the mental ward, people will talk about it in hushed whispers and knowing looks as they tilt their heads in sympathy. Someone will reluctantly say it out loud — Kristin lost her mind over all of the interruptions. Everyone will nod. They’ll feel relieved that they escaped my fate. But they will worry. Because if it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone.
Could someone, please, for the love of Pete and all that is Peaceful, intercom my room instead of calling me???????????? When the phone rings, I have to get up (yes, get UP), leave my kids on the carpet and go clear across the room to the phone. CLEAR ACROSS THE ROOM. Believe you me, I have thought about rearranging my room based on where the phone is located. But the phone is located on the wall that has tile underneath it. Call me crazy (mental ward) but I like the kids to sit on carpet. And yes, I have tried moving the phone. It didn’t work. So there I go. CLEAR ACROSS THE ROOM. And 30 kids are left to their own devices. Here are any number of things my kids like to partake in — rock, paper, scissors, poking, pinching, shoving, playing beauty parlor, somersaulting, sleeping, talking, laughing at someone’s underwear peeking out from a waistband, shushing each other, sticking their tongues out at each other, threatening to tell on each other, etc. Pick one. Or all.
So I came up with a system. I’m one smart cookie.
If the phone rings, the Teacher’s Pet (I don’t have class jobs. I have one kid of the day and they’re the Teacher’s Pet) comes up to the front and does sight word flashcards with the kids on the carpet. The sight words are right there so this is a piece of cake.
However, I think we’re having a system breakdown and I need to call somebody. Except for my phone is always tied up SO I CAN’T.
Who’s calling? Hmmmm. Let’s see.
Any number of people. About any number of things. Which one do you think is the best reason for calling me in the middle of my HOLY MOLY, THOU SHALT NOT INTERRUPT, FIDELITY TO THE CORE, TWO AND A HALF HOUR LANGUAGE ARTS BLOCK?
1. Jack’s lunch is here.
2. Jill’s sharing item is here.
3. Little Bo Peep’s going home with her sheep today.
4. Humpty Dumpty is leaving early.
5. Goldilocks was in a scuffle and the principal would like to see her. Oops. Goldilocks isn’t in my class. Sorry about that.
6. Little Red Riding Hood’s library book is here.
7. Miss Muffet’s umbrella is here. (even though there is no sign of rain)
8. Do I know where my partner teacher is? She’s not answering her phone.
9. Never mind. Little Bo Peep lost her sheep and she should take the bus.
10. How many more ELD workbooks do I need? They just arrived.
Uh huh. Yep.
I am GOING TO LOSE MY MIND. And I told my principal this in the Leadership meeting. In those exact words. For real. She laughed. But I wasn’t kidding.
And THEN — we got letters to send home to the parents. These letters are very seriously worded. All about how we can’t interrupt teachers’ instructional minutes for this and that and the other SO STOP calling already!!!!!! And how we need to teach responsibility and we’re not going to TAKE IT ANYMORE! Well, something like that. You get the jist.
I almost couldn’t believe it. But it’s true. And I got intercommed today. Which means I just sat there in my chair and I didn’t have to get up. So my kids actually had to stay engaged in the lesson. Imagine that. AND AND AND I only got intercommed twice. This is a huge improvement.
So what’s it like at your school???? Do you get interrupted? I would love to know. I need some company in the mental ward when I end up in there, ya know?