I think the kids took crazy pills this week at school. I haven't had such a difficult week behavior-wise in a couple of years. Student A was suspended from school for a knock-down, drag-out physical fight, spent a n day on "in-school" suspension, and came back into the classroom on Tuesday. He was in no emotional/mental state to be in the classroom, and I had to remove him Tuesday. On Wednesday he managed to stay in the classroom, but I had to file an "incident" report. On Thursday I was out of the classroom because I am on a district committee that's rewriting the language arts curriculum and my sub had to send him to the principal's office. Meanwhile Student B was out of control in the classroom on Monday, so I wrote him up and called home. On Tuesday, I had to write him up again and he spent lunch with the principal. Also on Tuesday, Student B and Student C had a food fight in the cafeteria because Student D told them too! Then on Wednesday, Student C and Student A got into a loudly vehement disagreement over whether or not the classroom window should be open. As I said, it was a crazy week. Kids really feed off negative energy, even more so than positive energy. I know that they all were hoping we'd get a snowstorm (the remnants of the massive storm that hit the mid East coast) so storm energy was in the mix too. Unfortunately we just got snow showers. I did make some phone calls to parents and I did threaten to make a few more calls, so by Friday, things were much calmer. I was thinking somehow that it was me but when just about every other teacher experienced a similar week, I decided that it was just one of those weeks.
We have one more week before winter break, so I'm hoping we contain the energy a little bit longer.