I went to Challenge Day this week. What an emotionally draining yet great experience. There were tears and laughter and fun and seriousness. I plan to keep the ideas going in my classroom by taking one homeroom period a week and having "Challenge Day" time. While I was gone, my students must have decided it was OK to behave in a terrible way with a sub. They were loud, unruly, and messing with Spike. Now I don't think it was every class, and it probably was only a handful of students, but the fact that it happened at all really bothers me. The sub is partially responsible as well since he should have had the classes under control, but MY students should have known how to behave. I have lost trust in them, and that just kills me.
So, Spike is no longer in my room because I can't take the chance that he could get badly hurt. He was dropped and someone ruined one of his heaters. All that in just one day while I was attending a program at school, with kids.