Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monster Love.

By now y'all know that my 5th period, God love 'em, raises my blood pressure around 1 pm every day. Yesterday I sent 3 (out of 13) kids out with referrals. Often I end up ranting to the counselors and/or the Special Ed department head about how teaching this class warrants hazard pay and that basically I should be declared the Patron Saint of Misbehaving Teenagers. But then one of them leaves me a really sweet message, or answers a question in a way that assures me he's been listening, or makes me really truly belly laugh, and then I forgive them. For about 24 hours, anyway. ;) Here are some pics of them in class today:

you guessed it.

The Assistant Principal (of Discipline)'s best customers

Sweet GM in between my two lil rackety girls

About half of them working on their journal question

performing onstage for the Human Rights assembly

They're so cute from afar, aren't they??

Yesterday my girls and I met at Lake Chalet for Taco Tuesday happy hour . . . and despite my alcohol handicap (no booze till Easter!), I had so much fun with Rebecca, Sara, and Anna. My baby grilled jicama taco was delicious, the company was perfect, the atmosphere made me feel like we were sitting on the set of Sex and the City (four girls chatting over cocktails! well, three girls with cocktails, one with water), and afterwards I just felt totally restored. I love my girl time more than pretty much anything else.

Speaking of which, I'm looking forward to Ali and Diana coming over tonight to talk about poems! Can't wait to hug their pretty necks, catch up, and feel a little bit more like a writer. Our first assignment (from Ali) was to "write a letter to a moment" . . . and true to form, I'm not finished yet. Yikes. On that note, I better get on that!


Down and Out Chic said...

sounds like a lovely time (the girl time i mean). oh teens, gotta love them, right? they were always my favorite to work with (and by "favorite" i mean in the want to rip you hair out and then slap them kind of way).

Claire Kiefer said...

Yes, girl time is so restorative! As for the monsters . . . I often want to simultaneously rip out their hair (and mine) and hug them. :)

homemade grits said...

this is hilarious. are they flicking you off? ridic.

The Assistant Principal (of Discipline)'s best customers--this made me laugh out loud!

so glad you had some girl time! look forward to catching up soon!!

love you!

Claire Kiefer said...

Oh don't worry, only the top one is flicking me off. The rest are just throwing up gang signs, nbd. ;)

Cheryl said...

Hilarious! I love it, and I live it (some days). You did a great job of capturing the joy(?) of working with troubled teens.