A couple of days ago I got an email stating that help was needed in PS's class this Friday afternoon. Given that I have nothing else to do, I stepped up. I didn't really know what I was volunteering for, but figured it was just helping out with some special project.
Ummm, no. They left me all alone with a room full of fourth graders. Apparently the principal scheduled a weekly curriculum meeting for the fourth grade teachers on Friday afternoons during school hours. (WTH?) And the poor unaware parents are supposed to cover the teacher's class during this time.
The teacher pretty much handed me an assignment, said "have fun" and left. The students were supposed to work in groups to draw a scene from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, write a paragraph describing why they picked that scene, and present it to the class. Of the 5 groups of students, two were cooperative.
One group had two boys and two girls who kept picking at one another and tattling. One group had all the "mean girls" who wanted to boss everybody else and test my limits. One group had two girls and a boy who couldn't come to any agreement whatsoever, didn't complete their project or present, and one of the girls went to crying to the bathroom. Which led half of the remaining girls to request to use the bathroom so that they could console her. I figured this out pretty quickly, and then had to go use my mean mom voice to send them all back to class.
The whole ordeal was exhausting, and I can't imagine spending 7 hours a day, 5 days a week with all those kids. I'd rather do criminal defense.