Had an incredibly wonderful "I love my job" moment this morning and a not so incredible "this is what I hate about my job" moment this afternoon.
Good: I had the first of my required observations this first thing this morning and my class worked nearly perfectly for an entire hour. Pretty sure I didn't have to reprimand or remind a single child of proper classroom behavior or to get back to work. They were FANTASTIC!!!
Bad: Made a girl cry. :( Gave a spelling retest today and caught one of my little third graders cheating. She said that her parents had promised to take her for ice cream if she got 100%. There were two words that were pretty tricky and she had written them on the back of her hand during the test. I told her I couldn't regrade her test because she'd cheated despite her claims that it was an "accident" the words were written on her hand. When she begged me to retake it a 2nd time I told her no. We are only allowed to retake it once.
Does that make me a mean teacher? Maybe, but I would bet she will think again before cheating. She cried for the next ten minutes and I had several of my kids come tell me, very worriedly, "she's crying and I can't figure out what's wrong!" Glad I have such thoughtful students but I had to tell them I knew why and to just leave her be for a while.