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Well, Glen, I just put in a day from hell. I've been working with this
tough grade 8 class that have alienated the other teachers. Coming in late
in the year I maybe had a bit more energy for them and tolerance for their
reputation. We've been doing an endangered species mandala, a project which
requires research and very active particpation on their part. I put up with
them trashing the library, the computer room and with the forty minutes of
clean-up I have to do after they've left, but today, after picking out
thumbtacks, oil pastels and paintbrushes from the sink drain, I gave up. I
told them the project was suspended. From now on they are disallowed from
the art room and we will work in their homeroom. "looking at" and "looking
from" seem like luxuries I don't have, or maybe it's just my inexperience.