narrated by: Lucy
This summer, I fought tooth and nail to get updates to the Grammar school. In the end Mayor Steele didn’t have much choice, my mother-in-law, Myra London has an ongoing scholarship program for community kids, and he wouldn’t want to jeopardize that. Of course Myra would never consider pulling funding just because of politics.
We have record high enrollment this year, and we don’t even have all the local students in our classes. A few of the local parents opted to homeschool after they voiced concerns on the student/teacher ratio. Even with a few students not in our classes, it’s a lot to handle.
Miriam has a difficult time with too many little ones, so I made her class Pre-K through first, and she’s still having trouble. I can’t consider firing her, she is an attentive teacher, but she is easily stressed, and just adds to my workload. Plus the budget can’t afford to pay unemployment to her. I’m hoping once she marries Dr. Dwyer that she’ll have offspring and decide to stay at home with the baby.
She does have her fair share of trouble students this year though. The Picasso twins, Flint and Jett are having trouble at home, and each is dealing with it differently. Flint is more aggressive, and picks on Riley Gray.
My own daughter, Itzel is in her class, and I know what she brings to the table. She’s still in weekly counseling to handle her emotions over the loss of her biological parents. She’s made progress by leaps and bounds, and is actually friendly toward Alice and Milo now, but she’s reserved in the class. She spends all her free time playing with Super Gerbil, and draws all her pictures about him as well.
Before lunch the lower primary students get library, where they get to check out two books, and some choose to play learning games. We can usually hear her students all the way in my class, which is across the hall. I’ve had to go over and tell them to keep it down almost every week since school started.
It worked out nicely that I didn’t have to teach the lower class, I prefer my well-behaved big kids any day. We have much more structure, and everyone in my class knows how to read.
It’s not to say that some students don’t struggle with it still. In the past the lower class included second grade, so this year I have all the second graders that aren’t quite ready for the work in my class. I’ve had to send extra readers home with Zilla so she can catch up.
I’m the last to arrive at lunch, I get to corral all the students that got lost in the halls. There’s always a few that got sidetracked with goofing off that they forgot to go to lunch.
My star student, Julia Millett is heading to middle school next year. This is one student I’ll miss, she always turns her work in on time, and volunteers to help with cleaning the chalkboard.
Really though, how can a teacher resist a sweet, red-haired girl? She’s nothing like her older sister Hadley who is quite a brat. My best friend and neighbor, Bekah Grimsley is the principal of the high school, and fills me in on all the terror that Hadley causes.
It works out well having Bekah the principal of Jefferson High, she can keep eyes on my oldest daughter, Alice, while I keep tabs on her youngest daughter, Willa. Though Willa doesn’t get into any trouble, I’m looking forward to having her in my class in a few years.
Elias McCarthy has been friendly towards Itzel, he’s always trying to make her laugh, and showing her all these tricks he can do. Makes my heart warm to see someone going out of the way to be nice to her, especially a student in my class.
Miriam makes her apologize to Julius, who doesn’t seem quite ready to let it go.
I try to let Miriam handle her own students disclipine, but sometimes I have to step in as the principal and call the parents in. After the apology, I sent Linny to my office to await her mom. Eva works second shift, so she stopped by before work to discuss the fight.
Eva was embarrassed to be called into the office, she’s had her hands full with her teenage daughter, Paloma. She can’t find a reason to explain why Linny acted up, but promised she’d talk to her about that night.
My class has art after recess, and even though I was busy with Eva, they made their way to class and began painting without any supervision. It really would be best if we had a teacher’s assistant, just an extra set of eyes to keep the kids out of trouble. I’m not sure if I’ll be as lucky as this once Miriam’s class is older.
Best part of a long day is the ten-minute clean up. I send my class to the sink, and I can hear Miriam’s class get extra rowdy as they put away their blocks and crayons.
It’s not just the teachers that are exhausted after a long day of learning, it’s the students as well. I go home to three kids, I know all about the whiny evenings, trying to force down a balanced meal with a side of homework.
I’m gonna pull a Carla. I’m going to use the same title for my grade school updates (like she does for birthdays), cause I like this song, and it makes me think of little happy children.
Little students are uber adorable, but oh man a handful! Miriam really does have her work cut out for her. Linny had a low aspiration, which is why she acted out. Hopefully she can get that filled up before she makes more people mad at her. I just happened to catch Rachael rubbing her little eyes at the end of the day, and I felt the same as her.
Oliver has the LTW to be in education, so he’ll go to college for that, and then take post ether here or the high school. Both schools have a playable npc as one of the teachers, so it will just depend on what I think fits him, and who sucks the most. But it’s years away, seeing he’s only 16 right now.