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My First School Trip

Last Friday was a day I had been dreading for a long time. This year, my school decided to sign up for this city-wide Earth Day festival. The event was to help at the Temple Ambler Campus, and it was a day full of fun in the sun, great booths for the kids and lots of work for the teachers.

You know what I was worried about.

First off, for weeks before I was trying to figure out where they would have bathrooms for about thirty schools! They would have to do Porta-Potties.   My other concern was that I would be walking with a group of students. I couldn’t just leave them when I had to go to the bathroom. I work in a low socio-economic area of the city. A lot of my students had not been on a bus before, or even taken out of their neighborhood. I have behavioral issues in my classroom, and I was very worried about their actions. I couldn’t just leave them on their own while I ran to the bathroom.

See, I blamed myself. I could have went to my principal and said, “Hey I need some help because I have Crohn’s, and I use the bathroom numerous times during the day.” The one thing I learned is to stay out of the administrator’s office as much as possible.

Friday came, and I was nervous. I used the bathroom a few times before we left school. I basically forced myself to use the bathroom, but I was very nervous when I stepped onto the bus. Our bus drive was about an hour. It was hot and steamy, and my stomach was turning. When we got to Temple Amber’s Campus, I saw that there were about fifty to sixty Porta Potties. Not ideal for me, as I was hoping the teachers would have better amenities, but what was I going to do?

The beginning of the day went well. It was warm, but my students adjusted. They seemed to be getting along.

I was hoping to be able to use the bathroom, but that is right around when a fight broke out.

There was a major fight within my class. So there I was on a trip, in front of other schools breaking up fights. I was embarrassed, and upset. I was angry I didn’t have time to think of the bathroom, although because my nerves made my stomach a mess. We boarded the bus at 1:00 P.M.

I realized as I sat on the bus, I really had to use the bathroom. I was sort of proud of myself. I had to go to the bathroom since getting there at the park at 10:00 A.M. That’s three hours without the bathroom. Don’t get me wrong it was uncomfortable. But I did it! The behavior of my students will come and go. I was brave, and happy that I survived the day. Would I do it again? Ask me next year!

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  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    9 months ago

    I love hearing your stories. They are always so relatable and although I am not a teacher, I can relate to having days of high stress and pushing through without asking management for help. Well done!

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

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