As I continue to count down the days, it has been fun trying to remember the things that have happened over the years and the experiences that I have had an an educator. It seems like such a long time ago that I was a teacher--and it was. It has been great to think about the wonderful memories of those 17 years.
Yesterday, Martha Wallace replied to my Facebook post and asked if I remembered when we paddled some boys that first year of teaching. I had thought about it yesterday and then didn't write about it. It was my first and last experience with paddling (except once when I had to be a witness and I will share that later)!!! Obviously, times were very different back then. As I said, I had quite a challenging class that first year with mostly boys who were 14 & 15 years old. I had just graduated from college. Martha had the bright idea one day when they were particularly naughty that maybe we should paddle them..... What a disaster!! If you can paint a picture in your brain of two young teachers having the boys bend over so we could spank them...... It was awful and I knew from then on that it was absolutely something I would never do again.
Once again, what an experience that first year of teaching was for me!!! I gained such valuable experience!!!!