I need to vent because we, me and my 5th graders, are having a really really rough week. The boys have so much drama they are often joked about as being Jr. High girls. This week one of them has been freaking out every time another boy LOOKS at him. He's been sent to the office twice about it and has gotten two detentions over it. But he's not the only one. All of the boys have fought every recess this week about something that happened in football. The admin, tired of seeing the boys come in the office for fights at recess, finally came in today and took recess away for the rest of the week and football away for two weeks. All of my students have been SUPER hyper this week and extremely excited over something, though I have yet to figure out what it is. They are constantly talking over me, I've taken minutes away from their recesses, given out countless detentions, and we have had discussion over discussion over discussion about how we treat each other and the teacher. I finally thought a lesson went well this week. The kids were all engaged, we were listening, enthusiastically doing a smartboard activity, watched a fun video about the 13 colonies... go to correct their worksheets over the topic tonight and BAM! They understood NOTHING!!!!! If tomorrow goes the way the rest of this week has been going, Friday may be a "personal" day.