Last week during staff meeting I was making notes and reflecting on my classes when suddenly this phrase hit me: I will not give into your chaos. Yes! I had found my motto for this year. My 6th grade Social Studies class and my 7th grade LA and Social Studies class quickly suck me into their chaos. They are tense and anxious (or fighting and fooling around as is the case with 6th grade) and I get sucked into that negative energy and it's just not a fun, happy scene. So I am not going to let myself give into their chaos. I'm going to stay calm and patient even when they are annoying the snot out of me and we can't get anything done.
During dismissal today I was talking with my co-worker who supervises car pool with me and told her about my motto.
"That's good. What was the one you had last year? 'I'm older than them' or something like that."
"Oh yeah, 'I'm older than them and smarter than them'. I completely forgot about that."
So apparently I'm in the habit of giving myself little mottoes to keep my sanity. But hey, it works!