I can honestly say this day will go down in history as one of the craziest in the history of my teaching career (and it had nothing to do with the students!).
Things started off fine. Watching the machinery dig from our window was pretty neat until around 10:15 a.m. I had the students go wash their hands and go to the washroom and that’s when the chaos began. Some students came back frantically explaining that the toilets were overflowing. By the time I looked outside the classroom door, sewage water was flowing from the boys bathroom and all over the annexe and even into our classroom! There is no way to describe the smell only to say that I will never forget it. SO GROSS!! I ran to the office and tell admin and then I ran back to the class.
The construction crew proceeded to start a very large diesel pump to pump out the sewage but the pump was now spewing out very smelly fumes. My efforts to air out the classroom were being thwarted by the fumes from the pump coming into the class. These two smells were giving me a headache and I knew there was no way we could learn and work productively in this stench.
This is why being flexible is so important when you’re a classroom teacher. We abandoned all previous plans and headed outside for an extended recess at the park. We then took a fairly long ‘detour’ to get back to our class. We walked all along the back path and made several stops along the way to make observations and explore the environment. We noticed some really cool things. We saw pinecones, lot of leaves, needles, thorns (some really big ones too!!), spider webs, ladybugs, trash (which we picked up and threw in the garbage), and other things.
Here’s Maelle exploring nature after school today!
By the time we made it back to the class it was almost time to start lunch. Our classroom what still REALLY smelly so I decided we were going to have a picnic instead. This idea what a real hit with the students. We gathered our things and headed to the park to eat our lunches outside. I am so thankful it was such a beautiful day outside today!
After lunch, I decided we would spend the rest of the day in the Library since it was available. I moved a bunch of things to the library where we did some reading, singing and found French words we knew on our “C’est l’automne!” poster.
We came back to the classroom at the end of the day to do a very quick calendar and hand out notices. I really hope tomorrow goes better than today!
Tomorrow is our field trip to the Pumpkin Patch and the forecast is calling for rain :(. Please have your child dressed for the weather including a rain coat and boots. Also, if your child is being driven by another parent please send along their car seat in the morning.
See you tomorrow!