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Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Running of the Bullies

Yesterday was Field Day at my school. And by Field Day, I mean Field Hour-and-a-Half for my grade level, which is really all the time we needed outside in the heat.

For the past couple of years, I have been having back problems and foot problems, but I decided yesterday that I was tired of NOT running the race with my kids and being a slave to health issues. So I ran.

The really screwy thing was that (in addition to eating a large, catered barbecue lunch immediately beforehand), I hadn't run in 2 years, and believe it or not, I was actually very nervous about running! As my class and I all lined up at the starting mark, I had butterflies in my stomach, and my legs felt a little weak!

However, as soon as the whistle was blown and I got those first couple of strides out of the way, it all came back to me, like riding a bicycle or gutting a shark, and I blew the competition away. Sure, they were all 9 and 10 year olds, but still, I smoked 'em!

Field Day was a lot of fun, and afterwards, I went out with a couple of friends and stayed out late. Needless to say, this morning, my body aches -- from the effects of a certain adult beverage AND the first run in years. I laughed so much and so hard last night that my abs actually are sore. Let's just say that when the cheesy cover band asks for audience help in singing the "Bum bum bummm" part of "Sweet Caroline," it is MUCH more fun to sing it at the wrong times during the song (and after).

While Field Day was fun, the parent conference I had the day before was not. It seems that one of my kids, who doesn't speak much English, has been experiencing quite a bit of bullying by his classmates. They have been calling him names like "gordo," "feo," "cabeza cuadrado," and so on. To make matters worse, a lot of it has apparently been going on in my classroom, right under my nose!

My Spanish is not the greatest, so when I hear kids speaking in Spanish to this boy, I had always thought that they were actually doing what they were supposed to be doing, which was translating what I was saying, so that he would understand the instructions. Instead, they have sometimes been mocking him, NOT helping him, and in cases, doing very inappropriate things.

Those kids have now been moved, and this boy has 3 new kids at his table, kids that I trust to do the right thing.

Looks like we will be having several more parent conferences this week to discuss the bullying itself...


Hit 40 said...

Way to be proactive!! I love to move the kiddos around. This usually fixes the problem.

And... I am so proud of you racing the kids! Way to be a team player!!!

Melissa B. said...

I've always enjoyed field day. What a great time to just get silly! I'm also enjoying Learn Me Good..I promise a more-than-positive post next week! Hope you're enjoying this fine Mother's Day Weekend. I'm spending my day putzing around the garden, and of course getting into some silliness with Sx3. Please drop by if you have a sec...

Chance said...

Good for you, both standing up for health and for sorting out the classroom. What a sad story, but hopefully you've done the kid right. It's amazing how much these kids can do right under our noses that we don't see.

BTW, when you mentioned the lunch and then feeling nervous and having butterflies, I was envisioning you being sick on the track. Glad the story didn't go there.

Mister Teacher said...

Chance, that's exactly what I was envisioning too, about 10 minutes before running!!! Thankfully, it never came up. ;)

Hit40, I always used to enjoy racing them, but then I put my back out a couple of years ago and haven't been very athletic since. So (despite my soreness) maybe I can start easing back into some activities along those lines.

Scribe, I'm looking forward to it! And I entered your S X 3 today!