Today was good. I got to experience how to handle situations with the students. Some of the boys came to me with a problem instead of the teacher, so I figured it'd be a good time to practice handling situations as they arise. The situation...stealing. I had one boy come and tell me that another had taken clay from the art room. I called that boy over, got the clay and found out that he got it from another boy after they had left class. And it took until about five students around me were saying that the one kid took it from the class before he would admit it himself. This same kid got in trouble earlier for name calling. Something not tolerated at all. My teacher is real generous with this child because his consequences at home are rough when he gets in trouble, so she deals with situations on her own and only sends a bad mark home if it is absolutely necessary. And he pushed it twice. I broke down after seeing the biggest tears pour down his face as he had to go to the art teacher and return the stolen clay. But you can't let things like that slip by. Choices have consequences.

I also taught my first "lesson" today. I did a read aloud with a follow up activity. I read "Snowflake Bentley" and had the students make snow flakes. It was fun and my teacher had a lot of positive feedback, my favorite telling me how much the kids love me and are so interested in what I was teaching them.

This week started off hard just because I was timid not knowing what I'm doing. And ended great, despite seeing tears. Tuesday I will start teaching Science, so my nervousness will start up again. I am absolutely drained. It isn't even 10:30 on a Friday night, and I'm about to go to sleep. I've gotten up at 5:30 each morning and been completely exhausted when the day is over. Tim came over to hang out and we watched half a movie and I started falling asleep. So here's to my great night off. I'm going to bed! :)