A Year Like No Other...

If someone asked me to sum my year up so far this year I think I would have to say unusualweird.out of the ordinarydown right peculiar.
I have had things that have happened this year that I have never been subjected to before.
Maybe it’s because it’s my 13th year teaching. Maybe it’s because I’m a little older. Or maybe it’s because we expect so much from these young ones today. Or it could be that not enough is expected of them.
I don’t know what it is or why it is, but this year isdifferent.
This year I have had a child suspendedtwice, never happened to one of mine before.
This year I have had a child that has had been paddled by the principal.
This year I have had wet pants, muddy pants (and by mud I do not mean the kind that starts on the outside).
This year I have had children crying, lying, stealing, stalking, nonresponsive, throw tantrums and overly whiney.
This year I have had a boy ripped from my room (and loving foster family) a sent back to his home state and a reservation he knew nothing about.
This year I have cried. 
This year I have amazing writers.
This year I have kids that love poetry.
This year I have had children that learn math facts in no time.
This year I have kids that love to dance. 
This year I have had kids that have gone from not knowing letters and sounds to reading on a second and third grade level.
This year I have had kids that hug me daily and love me as I love them.
This year I have laughed.  
This year has been a year unlike no other, and it’s only half over.
And tomorrow I get a new child


  1. Wow-Tammy-just wow! It has been a fully year already! I'm sending you a hug because despite the strange trials, there is a part that seems to be the teacher is doing good things, very good things, and that makes all the difference!

  2. I'm encouraged by the fact that you have found things to love in them midst of some frustrations. This has been a year like no other for me, and I'm having to search pretty hard for the positives. They're obviously there. You've found them.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First