Yep, he's still the king of the wild things.

I learned early on this year that first grade boys do NOT hold the teacher’s hand when walking down the hallway. The girls will, but the boys?  Never. That was one of several things this kindergarten teacher had to get used to, because in kindergarten they all fight to hold the teacher’s hand.

I also learned recently that it takes a bit of time for a first-grade class and its teacher to get back into the swing of things if the teacher has been out for five weeks after hip replacement surgery.  In other words, the kids have been wild.  Sure, they’re as excited as I am, but that excitement has caused them to forget every single classroom rule.

I spent the better part of the day reminding them (and when I say reminding them I really mean yelling) about the rules.  I had just finished a “reminder” session when I realized it was time to go to music. I lined them up and rushed them out the door.

I started out as the leader, and fell behind as they walked quickly past me.  I was watching the front of the quickly moving line, when I felt someone grab my hand.  I smiled, and glanced over to see which girl was holding my hand.   Imagine my surprise when I turned to see someone smiling up at me.

It was Max.

I laughed and ignored the hallway “no talking” rule and I listened to him talk non-stop the whole way to the music room.

Oh sure, I’ll be earning my money each day as I try to keep these spirited boys focused on learning.  But you know what?  Those kids are the very best part of each day. 

Even if they don’t always want to hold my hand.


Gigi said...

Oh those boys, they DO want to hold your hand, but they don't want to admit it.

ChiTown Girl said...

I heart Max!!

Almost as much as I heart you. ;-)

Ellie Mae said...

Max is a Prince!!

Sue said...

I love ALL the Max's in our world!

Take care my friend!

Brian Miller said...

smiles...oy i dont envy you re-earning them listening...ha...but the kids def do make it worth it...

Marissa said...

Maybe you need an Elf on the Shelf for the classroom? Just because the month of December is always a high spirited one--even with adults at work and law school there's a certain je ne sais quoi in the air...

And soooo glad you survived all five days. Take it easy tomorrow, VM.

Joanie said...

I think Max is wonderful. Almost as wonderful as you.

Formerly known as Frau said...

I'm not you or a teacher but that brings tears to my eye! Have a wonderful weekend!

Japolina said...

Your students are so lucky to have such a great teacher. BTW, a few months ago you gave me great advice about my son's strict civics teacher. He is now our favorite teacher. He just had to get the kids in line so he could teach them. Thanks for the good advice

Casey Freeland said...

The boys sooooo want to hold your hand. Max is just the cool one. :) Glad you're back in the saddle.


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