Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Government Funded Breakfast

Breakfast of champions??

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Middle School "Allergies"

Middle schoolers are infamously known for their "allergies."  I hear excuses couched as allergies all the time. Most recently, "I'm allergic to the front of the room." 

On Friday, a student who has previously borrowed pencils and paper from me on a routine basis asked to borrow a pencil. I responded with my usual, "Sure. What will you trade me?" He insisted that he wouldn't trade me anything. In our classroom, students trade me a belonging for a pencil. When I get my pencil back, the students receive their notebook, textbook, etc. I don't argue with them, but if they don't trade, they have to find their own pencil. 

He came back a short while later and was willing to trade. I handed him a pencil (good old number two variety) and he said he couldn't use it. I'm used to this, as many of my kiddos want mechanical pencils. I asked why, and he told me that he is now allergic to wood. Mind you, the rest of the class is testing and can hear every word this child is saying to me. I asked if he was really allergic and why he didn't mention it previously when he's borrowed pencils from me.

Best allergy excuse ever. Oh, and I did check with the nurse- he's not allergic to wood. Busted. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

On skinny jeans

Breakfast conversation in my classroom:

Boy to girl in skinny jeans: Those pants look really tight. What would you do if you broke your ankle? 

Girl: You can pull them up. See? (Demonstrates and the jeans only pull up to the top of her ankle bone)

Boy: I don't think that would work. You'd have to wear them jeans for like 6 weeks!

Girl: oh my gawww!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Teacher Gifts

Y'all, teacher gifts are one of those things that most of my teacher friends and I both love and dread.

Dread:  For instance, the Zynga games giftcard so that I could play Farmville on Facebook last year..... not something I wanted, needed, or could find anything worthwhile to do with in my classroom.  The monogrammed napkins with the phrase "World's best teacher"?  At least those can be used at lunchtime and for cleaning up classroom spills.

Really, who needs another 10 things of scented hand lotions and antibacterial hand sanitizer from Bath and Body works?

This year, I have some absolutely precious students.  Many of them really enjoy learning, and are picking up on some of my favorite things already.  I've had kids bring in a variety of bugs to 'show and tell' and study.  I've had kids bring in full fossil displays- dated in geologic time periods!  I've gotten full turtle shells with backbones, sea shells, etc.  They are gifts not necessarily for me, but for my classroom, and they're beautiful and useful and COOL!

bigger than my hand