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Howdy There Partner October 29, 2010

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I’m happy it’s Friday. It’s been a very long week packed with craziness. This week had a little of everything including spooky ghost stories from the librarian, an NFL mascot visiting, class party, field day, and Red Ribbon week.

I think that might be the short list! Anyway, during Red Ribbon week, each day has a theme. Today was hat day. I decided to pull out the following silly “hat”.



I figured the kids would think it’s silly especially with the blonde pigtails (I’m a brunette). And thus it began. One of the first students to walk down the hall told me, “I like your white hair. Oh, and your Viking hat.”

I’m not a Viking; I’m a cowgirl! The student responds with an Ohhhhh and laughs.

Luckily, other students were able to identify that I was a cowgirl until I saw another class. A little girl was very proud of herself when she said, “I like your Viking hat.”

Hmmm….maybe it was the pigtails because I did have the them flipped up. Ok. I flipped the pigtails down and made them straight like the picture. That’s when another one of my students said, “I like your Viking hat.”

“It’s a cowgirl hat.” I replied.  OOOOooooohhhhh.

Toward the end of the day, I grabbed my camera to take pictures at the school-wide assembly. After I put the strap around my neck;  one student said, “Mrs. ****, Vikings didn’t have cameras back then.”



The Return of Lucas… October 27, 2010

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You’ll never believe it but the other day I had deja vu when I heard the name Lucas. I couldn’t believe it because I thought we had already established that there isn’t anyone named Lucas. And if you follow this log, you probably have already guessed that it was Jenna who called out the name.

“I thought we already went through this,” I began, “There is no Lucas.”

“Oh yeah, I forgot his name was Mucus.”

This is where you cue the groans from other students. Then I politely told her the student’s real name and she yelled out, “Ooooohhhhhh”

Don’t worry…I promise to continue working on this one.


*NOTE: All stories are true BUT all names are fake to protect the innocent.


New Dinosaur Found October 23, 2010

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This week the students have been writing. I’m trying to get then away from common words such as: said, happy, good, and stuff. I’ve been modeling how to use resources to help them find new words and spell them correctly.

As I was modeling a sample piece of writing, I asked, “Hmmm…what can I use instead of happy?”

One student excitedly answered, “Let’s use the ‘thay-a-saurus’!”

Ah, a new dinosaur to help us with synonyms and antonyms I see. After giggling, I was pretty excited that he knew to use the ‘thesaurus’. It proves that he has been listening!

The 'Thay-a-saurus' Attacks


Pride Cometh… October 19, 2010

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…before the fall!

And yes, this blog is about me…THE TEACHER! My most recent fall makes me think of clumsy mishaps since I’ve been teaching.

1st Most Memorable Fall

It was years ago, back before my knee surgery and my knee occasionally gave out on me when I was walking.  I was dutifully monitoring the classroom when my knee gave out. There was a webble and then a wobble before I fell on a student. Yes, you read that right!

Luckily I just fell in her lap and I didn’t injure her. This was only the beginning of my embarrassment because when I began apologizing…I called her by the wrong name. I was thankful that she thought it was funny and so did her mother.

2nd Most Memorable Fall

Come to think of it, I think it’s the hallway. Hmmm. You see, I moved classrooms twice before returning to my original hallway (where incident 1 happened). Anyway, I digress, back to the teacher falling. Ah yes!

It was the day before Winter Break and we had a school-wide pajama day. While we were all snug in our “jammies”, we watched “The Polar Express”. My co-teacher and I were stringing jingle bells to hand out to the kids when I got an idea.

I thought it would be really funny to prank the classroom next door. I grabbed a handful of jingle bells with the strings and snuck into the hallway. I quietly walked to their door, rang the bells, and ran back to my room. After waiting awhile, I repeated several more times. Of course, until the last time.

A kid was waiting by the door, so when I went to run my shoe got caught on the carpeting and that’s when I stumbled and bumbled about 10-15 feet. That’s when I fell belly first with my arms sprawled out in front of me like a face down snow angel. I hit with a THUD! and the bells fell silent.

That’s when I heard a girl from across the hall nonchalantly say, “She fell.”

I could hear the teacher inside ask, “Who?”

And the girl simply said my name. When I looked up, there were three teachers staring at me and one from behind that I hadn’t yet seen. It seemed like an eternal silence, but it was broken with a simple. “That’s what you get.”

And they were right, good ‘ole Karma.

The Most Recent Memorable Fall (3rd if anyone is counting)

Last week. I still insist that this one is NOT my fault. I was unlocking my classroom door to allow student inside. One pointed out that they needed the room across from me opened as well.

“You’re right” I replied and turned to walk across the hall. Little did I know that a student sat down right in the middle of the hall and I flew over him, bumbled only about 4 feet this time and landed in a heap inches from the door across the hall.

To my embarrassment, 38 students and 1 teacher witnessed all of it. The hall was silent as I lay in a heap. I wondered if anything had broken. That’s when the other teacher yelled out impulsively, “You killed her.”

Through my tangled web of brown hair that had fallen over my face, I looked at her and I began to laugh. Red-faced, I emerged from my heap and regained my composer. SIGH!




two + two =

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It’s been a while…I know. I feel like I’ve been on an endless cycle of work and sleep. At least when I’m at work, there is always something to entertain me.

Take this story for example…

One of my students, Eve, comes up with the craziest sayings. A few weeks ago, she started saying “You know what they say!” Finally, when Eve was asked, “Who are they?” She looked at us (completely beside herself) and answered with a straight face, “two + two =they”. Based on that conversation, I think 2+2 always = they.