Mondays are usually my favorite. I have great classes on Monday & I enjoy starting new/fresh lessons. However, this Monday was a textbook "MONDAY" that most people talk about. Have you had those "MONDAY"s before? I honestly felt my blood pressure rise during 3rd grade(and I don't have high blood pressure)....and feared having a brain aneurysm!!!!!! I explained the objectives for the day because we had two projects happening simultaneously. After explaining everything, I asked if there were any students that weren't there the previous week so that I could get them paper & explain the project that the other students were completing. Two students raised their hands. I took care of those students, and then began walking around the room. There sat a student doing NOTHING. "Where is your picture?", I asked. "I don't have one..I wasn't here." WHAT?!?!?! Did they not hear me?? I have a big voice...I find it hard to believe they didn't hear me?!? I calm myself down and get the student a piece of paper and explain the project to them. I begin to walk around the room again. What do I see???? YES...another student just setting there. I go through the same discussion with the student I had just had with the other....and say to the class...PLEASE LISTEN!! I'M NOT SPEAKING JUST TO HEAR MY OWN VOICE. I begin to walk around the room again......YOU GUESSED IT...yet another student just setting there without the project I had told them to be working on(we've had a lot of kids out the past couple weeks....lot of bugs going around). I wish I could say that this was the only issue I had during that class time.....but it was really only the beginning(literally..first 15 min. of class). God has blessed me with great patience & understanding when it comes to my students....but today pressed the limits of that patience & understanding.