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Monday night, I was driving around doing some errands and I was not having even a teeny, tiny, mildly good time. Other drivers had exceeded the usual levels of irritating dumb decisions. (One person decided to change lanes at a traffic light and nearly backed into me until I honked my horn repeatedly to stop them. Over and over, there were those drivers who had to dodge in and out of their lanes trying to get a little bit ahead of everyone else. Etc., etc., etc.) I was seriously grinding my teeth.
And this came after a day with a group of 5th graders whose ability to make snarky comments about the topic we’re learning, or sigh loudly in irritation when I ask them to actually write down stuff in their notebooks, exceeds all I’ve ever experienced in 24 years of teaching this age group. How many days do we have left until school ends?