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The Entertaining Part of Grading Papers October 21, 2012

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When I became a student teacher, I was so excited to grade my first papers. Now that I’ve been teaching for 11 years, I know why she did it…because it’s an endless job. Although it’s a tiresome job, sometimes I come across a paper that makes me laugh out loud (or LOL). I decided to start taking pictures of the funny ones so that I can remember them.

Here are 3 of my absolute favorites.

#3 We were talking about water pollution. The video we watched in class briefly mentioned farm run-off could pollute the water. As the final project, they had to make a poster using words and pictures explaining what they learned about water pollution.

#2 This was a getting to know you activity at the start of school. Read where this student was born.

And #1 We were learning about becoming a president and question number 3 asks how old you have to be to become president. Look at what the student put for their reason why they think it’s 35 years old. I wonder if that includes me?

 

Just Abbreviating…

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In the age of technology, abbreviations are the thing to do. I want you to think the last time you read LOL. Was it less than an hour ago? Probably. 

Kids have also taken noticed of this trendy lingo. Here are some classic misused abbreviations from the past few years.

 

CONVERSATION #1

Student: I’m going to ATM for a swim meet this weekend.

Me: Really? Are you sure you are going to an ATM?

Student: Yes, ATM, the college.

Me: Oh, you mean TAM…Texas A&M. (Laughing)

 

CONVERSATION #2

Student: That’s F.I.N. to you

Me: Huh? What does that mean?

Student: You don’t know?

Me: No

Student: For your information

Me: Oh, FYI.

 

A New Term of Endearment October 7, 2012

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I love and admire Kindergarten teachers. They are so patient, kind, and have an endless amount of energy.

This is the first year I have ever had bus duty at the end of the day. So, I now get to experience a large mass of Kindergartners. It all began the first day of school when I met a little boy named Connor*. He was the cutest little boy with big brown eyes. I instantly learned his name because he hit me in the leg with the bus sign…twice.

Since then, he has never forgotten to give me a hug along with the rest of the Kindergartners on that bus. It’s really cute.

So a few weeks ago, as Connor was walking up the steps of the bus, he turned and yelled, “Goodbye Fartyhead”.

I was speechless at first and then asked if he wanted me to tell his teacher. He replied, “No, no, no. I’m sorry.”

I told her anyway and we laughed until we cried. It stemmed from the book, “Skippyjon Jones”.  She read it in class that day and one of the characters called someone “Fuzzy Pants”. That amused the whole class and they all tried to come up with their own names. So, by dismissal time, it turned into Fartyhead.

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*Names are always changed to protect the innocent and the not so innocent

 

Wom is Not Just for Wombats November 18, 2010

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Amazing and unusual things happen at such a rapid rate, it would be impossible to record them all. I’ve even tried to jot ideas down on scratch paper. BUT then I lose the little pieces of scratch paper.

I think the more you teach, the less you remember. I’d like to think that my head is filling up with so much knowledge…OR something.

Ever since the discovery of the “They-a-saurus”, I feel like my room has become an archeological dig for made up words.

For instance, while using the dictionary, one student exclaimed, “Look, a gorilla monster.” She happily pointed at the picture of a gilla monster.

And a personal favorite…’wom’ (as in wombat). I had written 3 journal prompts on the board and the students were to pick one and write in their journals. As the students were write, write, writing away, a hand is raised.

“Yes?” I ask.

“What does ‘wom’ mean?” The girl asks.

I looked at the board and replied, “Oh, you mean ‘whom’.”

“No, no,” The girl adamantly disputed, “That word, on the board, ‘wom’.”

“Honey, it’s ‘wom’,” I replied.

At this point, she is indignant. She gets up, walks to the board, and points to the word ‘whom’. So, I kindly tell her again what the word and she returns to her seat.

After a few minutes of writing she asks, “What is a ‘whom’?”

I told her it was a relative of the word ‘who’. She was very pleased with the answer and continued writing.

 

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!