Yup, today is my comp day, after 13 snow days! Ugh! Our district leadership thought it would be too late to change this to a contact day, so I am left with ANOTHER day off. An 8th grade teacher hadn’t made plans for today: “What do you do after the umpteenth day off, with your husband at work?? And I DON’T want to go shopping! So, what are you doing?”
I’m going to a TK classroom. My wife teaches transitional kindergarten in a different district, so today, I’m with the little people. I walked in (they are at PE right now) and almost immediately, someone comes up and starts showing me their 100 day pizza book they made.
I’ve heard so many awesome stories about this classroom and the cool things they do, that I had to meet them in person. As I’ve been introduced to other teachers, they are giving me funny looks saying, “You have a day off and you made the decision to come here??”
I love my wife and I love that she’s settled in being an early childhood/elementary teacher. So I want to support her and I can think of nothing better than a visit to her work home. I may regret this later, but hey, I get my sixth graders back on Monday, and I can savor their obnoxious personalities.
For a little while at least! 🙂
March 1, 2019 at 11:05 am
Our district had a 2 hour delay today. I’m pretty sure my students were hoping for a day off. But based on the weather report for Sunday they may get a three day weekend. But I’m not announcing that to them until 3:07 PM as we are walking out the door. 😉
March 1, 2019 at 12:26 pm
Nope, I’d not open that box until they are out the door!! 😀 Enjoy your day!
March 1, 2019 at 2:33 pm
I SURVIVED!!! Barely but I survived.
March 1, 2019 at 11:29 am
I love this!! My boyfriend and I are both teachers (in the same district)- I, elementary, and he, high school. It’s very rare that we ever get the chance to visit each other at work, however we both try to take the time time since we have different timing schedules. The high school gets out an hour early, and if he doesn’t have to coach or have choral rehearsals, he makes it over to my school a couple times a year to say hi to my students, and they just adore him. Supporting each other is so important, and this sweet read was what I needed to remind me how “little things” can mean so much!
March 1, 2019 at 12:25 pm
I rarely get the chance to get into her classroom, and this has been freekin’ awesome! 🙂 Her little ones are so full of energy and questions and are SO different than my sixth graders. Yet, I see my sixth graders her little ones.
Yes, I made the right choice teaching what I teach, but I miss this age of questioning and hugs! 🙂
March 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
We were scheduled to have a comp day today because conferences were supposed to be Wednesday evening and all day Thursday. We had a snow day Wednesday (and on Monday too!) so I am at work this morning getting caught up on the grading that didn’t get done in time for conferences. Many people aren;t here and chose to use a personal day because they’d already made plans, but there are a remarkably large number of teachers hear doing just what I’m doing.
March 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm
It’s amazing how many educators have had to change plans because of snow this year! I’m feeling lucky to be here today with my wife, and while I’m sure you’d rather have the comp day, to be given the choice of working or a personal day is a unique situation too!
March 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm
How nice of you to visit your wife’s classroom and kids. I always loved going into other people’s classrooms and meeting their students. I was an ENL teacher, so I often felt isolated from the general population. I am sure her students will talk about you for days…. How exciting to have their teacher’s hubbie visit them!
March 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm
You made a wonderful choice to visit your wife’s classroom today. Early Years and kindergarten kids are so much fun to watch. I love it when they share the things that are important to them. I have high regards for their teachers, for their energy and patience.
March 1, 2019 at 1:56 pm
What a wonderful way to spend the day!
March 1, 2019 at 2:35 pm
after so many years of it, I can’t really get the Kennedy mean to get near the elementary school, so kudos to you.
March 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm
I love that you are back slicing this year 🙂
Visiting other classrooms was one of my favorite things to do when I taught. Still do. I love to watch what other people do. To me, it sounds like a great comp day!
March 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm
Hey!! I will admit, it was an awesome day! Totally different energy than what I’m used to, but so happy! And if there was conflict, it was forgotten in minutes. 🙂
March 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm
And the freedom of not having to stay in the room all day – seems like teacher heaven to me!
March 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm
All I did was play, the way school should be!! 🙂
March 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm
That’s awesome and I bet a nice change of pace. How fun for them to get to meet you too! I enjoyed the structure of this too with the intermittent hashtags. It felt like I was reading a scene out of a play and they were stage directions. Loved it and may need to try it!
March 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm
They were so much FUN! As my wife and I talked about the day, she didn’t realize they talked to me as much as they did! It was a different energy than my classroom, but a great energy all the same! 🙂
March 3, 2019 at 9:00 am
I think this speaks volumes of your love for each other. And I love the phrase ‘work home’. 🙂
March 7, 2019 at 12:59 am
Super sweet way to spend the day. Love the format too.
March 7, 2019 at 5:56 am
I love it! Your hashtags scattered throughout were perfect. Since I left the 5th/6th grade classroom to become an education consultant, I’ve gotten the privilege to visit K-2 classrooms and have loved it. Like you said, a totally different energy. Those K and primary teachers have to be ON every second! I admire them greatly.
March 7, 2019 at 10:52 pm
Your adventures in TK sound very exciting! I love working with the littles, but am happy teaching my middle schoolers.
March 7, 2019 at 10:54 pm
I’m quite content with my middle schoolers as well! 🙂
March 7, 2019 at 11:02 pm
Thank for the great read. I’m a kindergarten teacher and just love their energy. I often don’t realize how busy the days are until someone else steps in. I love the way you sprinkled hashtags throughout the piece as sort of an inner dialogue.
March 7, 2019 at 11:05 pm
I walked into the classroom and within two minutes, I had kids coming to me asking, “Who are you??” I loved it and will probably go back for another day because I had so much fun! 🙂
March 7, 2019 at 11:11 pm
LOL! A few years ago my husband visited right before the 100th day of school, which was also right around his 50th birthday. When he walked in, I asked the kids if they knew who he was and one student asked, “Is he a 100 year old man?” He hasn’t been back since! (Hey, thanks for the inspiration! I think I’ll have to stretch this memory into a slice!)
March 8, 2019 at 9:50 am
That is an AWESOME story (and a good slice too)! Thank you for sharing it with me! 🙂