I have officially been back at school now for a month. While each day has presented its own challenges, it does feel good to be back. One of the things that I love about my school are all the opportunities that the teachers have to interact with the students. We have TONS of clubs and programs to get kids involved. It rocks. One of the things we have really been focusing on this year is the struggle that eighth grade boys face academically and socially. One of our teachers set up this awesome program in the mornings to help develop self-esteem and create connections with the boys.
The newest edition to the morning program is a dodgeball tournament in which all teams are required to have a teacher participate. Now, many of you may not know this, but I am a SERIOUS lover of dodgeball! Yes, it's true, my nerdy disposition allows for a good cover. :) I rallied a few boys together, got myself on a team and prepared for battle this morning.
Now, given the opportunity to throw objects at a teacher, most students will quickly capitalize on the moment. I, however, had no idea just HOW QUICKLY these boys would use the opportunity to try and bean our staff members in the head!! The first round of the tournament was so much fun. I don't know that I have ever laughed so hard with my students.
The tournament goes until spring break. Our team, Blue Collar TV, went 1-1 today. Next week it's on...it's on like Donkey Kong!