It’s a Monday. I woke up today hearing creaks in my body that I’ve never heard before. My throat is scratchy. And I can’t seem to cover up the bags under my eyes. Textbook Monday. Also, I may be getting sick.
I got to campus early enough to gather my thoughts and emotions before the day started. I started my computer, opened the ProBoard software, looked over my lesson plans. I even opened our teacherease program to take attendance.
I have morning duty on Mondays so I spent the muggy remainder of my morning outside with the kiddos. I was late getting to my door, which was locked, and all of the kids were snarky with me.
And that’s when I sat down at my computer and saw the pop-up screen “internet.exe and active.exe have been closed due to malicious bugs.” Say what? I tried to open them again. Nothing. The “scanning software” opened but wouldn’t do anything until I paid them a handsome sum. So that was a no go. For the first ten minutes of class I had a panic attack. I got out my laptop and opened the grade book online, took attendance. All hope of a cohesive lesson was out the window.
This moment, the climax of the teaching day, separates the teachers from the talkers, the educators from the speakers. In other words, crap just got real. I pulled out construction paper and markers for plot diagrams, made everyone move their desks, and we plowed through plot and setting.
The kids were about as out of it as I am. So I know I’ll have to revisit this tomorrow. However, we did it. I made it through the first 55 minutes of the day. I know have coffee. Here’s to all the teachers, businesspeople, and the general public who are facing #thestrug this morning. It’s a rough life.
Will Monday defeat Mandi? Stay tuned.