Have you ever had one of those days, when you go into a classroom thinking it's gonna be a great day, and it go not only flat, but make you want to crawl under the concrete and have the mob pour another 10 feet on top to make sure they can't find you??? Today, I walked in , about 20 minutes early and started to do the usual, peruse the room check out the behav. mod chart, lesson plans, any paper work needed, directions-read them twice, locate all the needed material, post the morning work, greet the kiddies and start the day. Child #1 and #2 comes in, dancing and spinning . Stopped him, redirected him to the proper proceedure, stopped her, she promptly starts spitting at the others and pulling her shirt all the way up! These were 1st graders!!! When I got the little " darlin's " redirected I turned around and had to talk to a parent, when WHAM another one starts screeching like a parrot being scalded and plucked bald!!! Stopped child #3 when child #4-6 comes in and starts yanking on my jacket whining I don't have a chair , I don't have a chair, ... Redirect her, finish conversation with parent and next door teacher who comes over whenall the noise starts.... and so the day begins.... Flash forward to 1hour later. The children begin whining that they haven't gone to related arts, even after listening to the morning news which by some miracle Iactually had gotten them all quiet to listen to. During these announcements the principal announces that the Kg will be testing in such and such rooms, 2nd grade will be doing ITBS testing until further notice, THird grade is to go quietly to their assembly, fourth grades will be on field trip... and noone but noone is allowed in the halls or to have their doors open until further notice of the testing being completed. I re explain that no, they hadn't gone to their specials, yet... that we would be going at a later time. No, they couldn't go to the nurse because they suddenly remembered that their tummies hurt, and oh yeah they didn't eat breakfast at home nor did they take advantage of the free breakfast at school despite the fact they got to the school doors before even the janitor got there!! No they didn't want a packet of saltines from my emergency kit, but that bag of skittles they saw fall out of my treat box would definitely make them feel better.... (yeah, right..) My Day ended with two kids leaving early, the better behaved ones of course, losing the second page of the lesson plans which would of told me the afternoon dismissal proceedure and the other team members coming back after dismissing their kids and saying, didn't you know that you were suppose to dismiss them at 2:15..... I tucked my "tail" between my legs, made her copies for the next day, laid out the lessons,cleaned up the classroom, stacked the completed papers, left a happy gram for 4 of the best students, my notes to the teacher , heavy on the positive remarks, and left off most of the crappy stuff that happened especially when they told me that this class had been split up between 5 teachers the day before because they couldn't find a sub for their regular teacher who had lost her voice.... (I had left 10 resumes/letters and tons of business cards in the office and teacher's mailboxes since early last spring and had gotten no calls, until my buddy at HR in the district office had mercy on me and fielded me a call to this school, today.) I chalked this day up to one of anomilies of terrible,horrible most awful days and took myself home, soaked in the tub and took a long nap!!! Sorry for the saga, I just had to vent. Thanks for listening.