Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Miss Burden is Missing

In elementary school (and still today) one of my most favorite books was Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall (a personal favorite!). In the book a very sweet teacher named Miss Nelson is being taken advantage of by her horrible class. One day Miss Nelson doesn't come to school, in her place comes Viola Swamp, an evil, mean, ugly woman. The class finally shapes up and at the end of the book Miss Nelson comes back and they appreciate her while the reader discovers that Viola Swamp was really Miss Nelson in disguise.
The last few days I have been feeling like Miss Nelson. My class has been naughty and rude and I haven't known what to do with them. I follow through with my consequences, I praise positive behaviors, etc. Despite all of this, they have been somewhat wretched. Today I am hoping they had a bit of a Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp experience.
I knew I had to be at a workshop all day today so I requested for a substitute last week. When I looked at the name I was excited because it was someone I know to be a great sub: very sweet, follows through with the plans I leave, makes my class feel great. I let them know how lucky they were to be having this sweet woman.
This morning I was in my room before school getting a few things ready before heading for the workshop when in walks this mean, nasty looking woman. I came to find out that she has the same last name as the sub I thought she was and her name is Connie while the other lady's name is Bonnie. Whoops! She was somewhat brash and rude to me as I was explaining some things in my plans...I am kind of excited to go back tomorrow and see if my class appreciates me a little bit more. If not, I may have to pull the real Viola Swamp out of my closet!


Steve and Meredith said...

Let me know if it works! Maybe I should try it- mine have been little stinkers the last two days!

Jon said...

Good luck with that. Some days I wish I could have a sub for my kids so they would know just how much I love them. I think deep down they know though. Just like your kids know you care also. I couldn't imagine you being a Viola though :) PS this is Kari-Lynn not Jon!!