{Teacher Tuesday: Class Photos}

I am writing this to you as I sit waiting for a pot of water to start boiling so I can add it to my freezing cold bath water.  That's right, our hot water heater has officially bit the dust, and I decided now was a great time to take a bath knowing full well it was out.  Lo and Michael have extended their home, which is so close and so generous of them, but I don't think lounging in someone else's bathtub is totally appropriate. :)  -- Just a little random before we dive in.  Always lovely, amIright?

Last week was a rough week.  To say my kids were rambunctious would be an understatement.  As my class was so out of control, I'm not sure why I expected picture day to be some marvelous, harp playing, safe haven from the madness.  It wasn't.  Not even close.

1 // Lining Up
I drastically underestimated the amount of time it took us to get in order from shortest to tallest.  Drastically.  I thought, most of them now proudly sitting at the age of 8, would have fun trying to put themselves in order quickly.  False.  Half the crazies didn't care and were either running around or talking with their neighbor (aka not paying attention), and the other half were arguing over the height of their hair and how that clearly made them taller, and how shoes with heals didn't count in your height because it was "fake height".

2 // Staying in Line
Once in line, several kiddos has trouble staying there.  Picture day was something so exciting, though they had personal photos taken last semester, and everyone wanted to see everything.  Of course there were the exceptions, aka my kids who always do what their told and are sweet as can be.  Sadly, I feel like I have to work really hard to praise them because I'm having to reprimand their peer every minute.  I am desperately trying to be better about this.

3 // Placement
The third issue surfaced when my wiggle worms would not stay exactly where the photographer put them.  UNLIKE my friend, Haley's, 2nd grade class who stood exactly where they were told, smiled on cue, and got in and out in under 8 minutes, my kids would not stand where placed, and we instead did the placement dance for AT LEAST 8 minutes.  I wish I was kidding.

4 // Attitude
Then, because my kids were just as frustrated with the photographer as he was with our class they had serious attitudes and made the situation worse.  The photographer threatened to escort one of my students off the stage and out of the auditorium to which he replied, "Make me old man!", then started silently crying.  Lovely.

5 // Say Cheese!
I wish I felt confident that we got a shot with everyone smiling, but after 18 photos, angry frowns, silent crying, frustration clearly present, it really it too hard to say.  Here's hoping photoshop is an option. :)

Long story short, I was so excited about class picture day and it ended up being a bit of a bust.  Whomp whomp.  I am certain there's no where to go up from that experience and next year's will probably be smooth sailing, but it won't be a picture of my first class, so there's always that.  Despite the craziness, they will forever hold a piece of my heart.

Happy Tuesday,

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