I have a couple of funny stories to share in the next couple of posts that had to do with those Patterson days. I mentioned in a previous post about the one and only time I paddled some students. It was my first year teaching and it was a DISASTER! I knew then that I would never do it again.
Those days were very different and paddling was acceptable. Leona, our wonderful principal, very rarely paddled but every now and then she did to get a point across. I remember one Halloween I was dressed up as a witch. (Those of you who know me know how much I don't like things like this). Anyway, I had the whole costume thing going and I went to the office for some reason. As I was walking through the office, Leona came out of her office and asked me to step in. She was going to paddle a student and needed a witness. So here I am--the witch--witnessing the paddling of a student! I am not sure who was more traumatized--me or the student (as my previous experience with paddling had been so awful). Anyway, I never had to witness another paddling and I never dressed up as a witch (or anyone else) for Halloween at school!!