Granted my class was nutty this afternoon, but not more than usual. I'm so glad that I taught them the words for "frustrated" and "angry" in the recent past!
Now, I'm not a yeller. I hate raising my voice since it only causes the noise to escalate. After last recess the special ed teacher came in to talk to me and my class got louder and louder as our conversation continued. I had to stop talking and tell them that they were acting like monkeys in a zoo which momentarily silenced them. When the other teacher left I told them how angry and upset that I was. They ate their snack in silence because they understood that I meant business.
I've decided that if they're badly behaved tomorrow I'm going to go old school Catholic teacher on them and make them drop to their knees and pray a decade of the rosary.
I hate feeling like I'm out of control. I try to be as calm as possible around my students, but after a day like today it was pretty much impossible. Lucky for me, the other grade one teachers had horrible days as well so I know it's not just me.
I really need to go to yoga. Hopefully some downward dogs will help with my mood!