#Whole30 #Writing Log: Day 15

Free Fiction Has Come from the Wilds (3)

Yowza, I nearly forgot to write today! It’s been a mess of school work and Blondie. For the first time in ages, the majority of my students actually give a cheese wedge about their work. For a teacher, this is both awesome and awful all at once.

Awesome: Yay, look at all this in-depth idea-sharing and topic-exploring!

LEARNING!

Awful: I gotta grade ALL this? Dammit.

So you know how on the 8th I wrote about the boys getting into a fight and pulling me away from Blondie’s parent visitation day? I made up for the time lost with Blondie by taking her to the local humane society this afternoon. We learned about being volunteers, and…yup, I signed up to volunteer with her.

I gripe so much here about stealing time from my kids, about trying to make time for them. It hit me watching her with the cats that I need to make time for her. If I don’t make it a thing, then months are going to pass before we have moments like this again.

Dammit, I will NOT let that happen. Come summer, we’re going to the humane society 1-2 times a week, and we’re going to work together to help these animals and clean up the place. She’s going to learn that caring for animals is more than playing with them, and I’m going to learn that my jobs do not have to dominate my life.

LEARNING!

We also learned some hopeful news about the boys from their school’s social worker. Turns out the fight they got into last week could have been prevented: last-minute scrambling for a substitute resulted in all sixty kindergarteners sharing a classroom at one point, where both Biff and Bash usually use the same seat, just one different days. Well both went to “his seat” and no teacher thought beforehand to get a second seat. Fists ensued.

The social worker apologized about that, and also informed me that after talking with some other peers in behavioral studies, she thinks Biff and Bash have what’s known as sensory integration disorder. Basically, it means that new stimuli in their regular environment or a new environment with lots of stimuli can basically overload them and they cannot process it decently. They don’t know how to function, sooooo they get out of control, or they break down, etc. It would take an official diagnosis to find out, but if this is the case, a diagnosis would help the boys get some extra help at school and protections from teachers eager to write up the “naughty” kids and send them home.

For the first time in years, it sounds like we might actually have an answer to what the heck is going on with these guys.

LEARNING!

Okay, back to grading for me. Thank you all for your continued support through this month of blogging, teaching, writing, mothering…and now the kids get to eat cheesy pizza and I can’t touch the crusts and I hate all food and why, WHYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!

Ahem.

See you tomorrow!

Oh, and check out my fiction if you’re bored. It’s around. The novel’s just 99p, the story on my site’s free, and the short stories are still free on Amazon and other platforms. It’s all good. 🙂

Free Fiction Has Come from the Wilds (2)

PS: I made it to the second round of interviews! I’m guessing the panel doesn’t know I used a Charlie Horse puppet to teach college students about research questions and thesis statements…

Read on, share on, and write on, my friends!

JeanLee-nameLogoBoxed

 

15 thoughts on “#Whole30 #Writing Log: Day 15

  1. Teachers who use puppets are awesome! I may have written puppet plays…mind you, it was for Kindergarten… maybe THAT would help those 7th and 8th graders listen to directions….!!! And here’s to an “ah-ha!” moment with the social worker. This seems to make sense, and honestly, change is hard for even the mellowest kids at that age- if it’s an extra challenge for the fellas, just KNOWING that could make things so much easier for all involved- hoping you get some answers!

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  2. Pleased about the interview. Pleased you and blondie are going to get some quality time together going forward – it will do the both of you a world of good. Pleased you have a potential lead for the battling bots…. Son gets sensory overload which just sends his mind into overdrive preventing rational thought. It can happen even when a teacher wears a really bright top. Colourful wallpaper is another one. Also unplanned changes to rooms can set it off. Take care.

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  3. My darling… YOU FORGOT TO WRITE!!! You bad person you. Seriously, you are anything but. We all juggle you know and it does no harm cos you are all these things and it never does to just be one thing if you get me. As for the boys, that is great news. They are good boys and a credit to you both. Many kids have trouble processing some things. I never makes them any less than what they are, just puzzled maybe by themselves at times. So I am glad re this social worker seeing this

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