School is just about over, but we still have ten painful days to go. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for keeping the kiddos under control so you don't loose your mind and end up hating your job?? Because I totally don't want to go back to work today... or, ever. Instead of centers, I have been giving them packets. Usually they are all phonics, writing, and math, but this one had a word search stuck in there. Of course the principal comes in that time (to help with one of my super difficult kids) and walks around and starts asking kids, "So what are you learning from this?" AH! This was the first time they ever got something like that all year - it was to keep them busy, quiet, and seated so I can get my 26 first graders DIBEL, DRA, and PROJECT READ tested! Grrrrr. So now only does she think I can't control my class, but I can't teach! Okay okay, I'm sure she doesn't totally think that, but that's the impression she got.