Well, it's already happened this year: I cried in front of my kids on Friday. At the end of the day I had a student call another student a name (Scooby Doo, if you must know) and that student burst into tears. I also got a new student last Friday who has been the target of name-calling at recess, so this really put me over the edge. I started giving them the business about not being mean and how I don't like it when they call people names because I care about them, and it makes me sad when someone is mean to any one of my students, and I just started crying. I guess it was a rough week! I think I freaked them out a little by crying. I'm not against having feelings, but I really didn't plan on actually crying. Oh well. It is what it is, right?
Sean's working on a new business idea, this time aimed at teachers. So instead of planning today, I've been talking to him about planning. Ha. But the upside is that in the process, I've uncovered some resources I either forgot about, or hadn't known about. Here's a great one if you don't know about it already: Teaching with Primary Resources. If you've ever looked for primary resources online, you're probably picturing the murky, unsearchable dungeons of online collections of various libraries and government organizations, made out of early-90's internets and duct tape. But this is amazing! It's designed for teachers, organized by themes and topics of study, as well as grade level. Crazy!