I’ve taken up the practice of, before yelling at a class, I pick up my tea cup and take a sip before I say anything. I get the opportunity to think before I say anything and calm down.
Have you ever had one of those days where everything starts out fine and quickly heads south? That was my day today, how was yours?
When I first started this sub teaching job, I was still working at the local amusement park as a zombie. I came in to my first week with no voice, literally no voice. I could only whisper. I started noticing the effect that it had on my son.
Occasionally, and I’m not proud to admit it, I’m a yeller (ok, it’s probably more like frequently). My son had learned how to tune me out and I thought that the way to get him to listen to me was to get louder. When I started loosing my voice because of the Halloween festivities, I had to whisper for fear of doing permanent damage to my vocal chords. My son started listening better. Odd, it was completely counter intuitive.
I haven’t written in a while and it is safe to say I’m well over due. I have, yet, another new job. I have hinted around that I work as a substitute teacher. I picked up a long term position teaching math to 4th and 5th graders. I am not a math teacher, so I have to plan doubly hard to get ready.
So if you were wondering, no, I’m not dead and no I haven’t given up on my blog. I’ve just been busy. 🙂