My partner has been out tending to her sick baby for the past week, and instead of getting a sub, the school has been requiring us to split up the class among the other third grade teachers. So for some reason, the kids have seen this as some sort of "full moon" portent and have decided to just go nuts. I've had to deal with more fights, name-calling, tattling, etc than ever before.
Two of the girls in my homeroom got into a fight yesterday after lunch (while still at recess with another teacher's class), and these are girls that are usually calm and reserved. One apparently was calling the other, "Shorty short short." So that was cause for Shorty to pull the other girl's hair.
My solution? Call them both over and tell them:
First rule of Fight Club -- there IS no Fight Club.
Second rule of Fight club -- go stand in the corner.
Sheesh. Meanwhile, I have a little boy in my room crying, saying it's because "That boy told me fat." Well, why don't you tell him mean, and maybe tell him drunk while you're at it?
2 more days till Friday. . .