As a teacher, the Friday before Halloween is a little bit crazy. Imagine the chaos of your own child wearing a blow-up T-Rex costume and consuming loads of candy, excitement for the upcoming trick-or-treating pouring out of him in waves. Then, multiply that by about 120 kids in the exact same situation, all in one building. Learning on the Friday before Halloween is about as impossible as getting your child to eat only two pieces of Halloween candy a day. Let’s be real — it’s just not going to happen. Might as well enjoy the sugar-fueled ride, ya know?
That was totally me this past Friday. Y’all know I teach eighth grade, but “teach” was not exactly how I would describe what I did Friday. “Survive” is more like it. But I did survive, and I even managed to enjoy it a little! I planned a light lesson day, since I knew first period would be interrupted by the annual lower school costume parade and the period after lunch would still be wound up from the exploding pumpkin science display. (<– You’re jealous of my work day, aren’t you? I knew it.) And since I figured the kids would have plenty of sugar to get through the day, I wisely prepared myself in the morning.