Scene: It's about 8:30 a.m., my class just finished their DI Reading lesson*. I've been doing DI with them since the beginning of the year and, if they've been at the school since its conception, they have been doing DI long before me. I say this to say... DI IS NOT NEW A NEW CONCEPT TO THEM.
Me: "Okie dokie artichokies. You have 15 minutes! Get it, got it, good?"
Class: "Get it, got it, good."
Student 1: "Wait. What lesson are we on?"
Me: "I'm sorry, what?"
Student 2: "We just read the lesson..."
Me: "What do you mean what lesson are we on?"
Student 1: "I dunno."
Me: "Can you please use your thinker."
Student 3: "Dude, it's on the board... you're going to make us lose a point..."
Student 2 tries to help student 1
Student 2: "Stop playing."
Student 3: " Ms. A, why is your face red and twisted like that?"
Me: "Because it's January and I'm not sure how we don't know what lesson we're suppose to be on."
Student 4: "I mean y'all it's true. It's on the board. It's the same thing like everyday. We do vocab., read, then workbook."
*DI Reading is a program that my school uses to teach reading, math, and language. I'm required to use the program in one class that's not on grade level. My other classes use EngageNY and Lucy Calkins.
Scene: I'm explaining the backstory of Bud, Not Buddy through a KWL chart which leads into a WebQuest.
Student 1: "Why is it called the Great Depression?"
Student 2: "Maybe 'cause everyone was really sad."
Student 1: "Yea. Like the entire America needed meds."
Number 1 - Bird Box
Number 2 - Conversations with J
Scene: Student, we'll call him J, had a severe case of the giggles.
Me: "Come on J. Get it together."
J: "OK Ms. A"
J continues to giggle
J: "AH OK! I ain't trying to get in trouble Ms. A!" J proceeds to slap his face. Quite loudly I should add. Then looks at his desk with a finger raised and says, "Come on. Get it together. You don't have time for this crap."
Number 3 - Songs
My Engage NY class and I created a song for going to gym today called "Going to the Gymnasium." It is sung to the tune of Little Einsteins. It goes a little something like this:
We're going on a trip,
to the gymnasium
through all these halls
so we can play with basketballs.
We better watch out
for flying basketballs
they'll hit our heads
then we'll be really dead.
It's a work in progress.
Number 4 - Things students said
Student: "Ms. A, you're hair looks like an anime character."
Student: "Ms. A, are you confused?"
Me: "I don't believe so?"
Student: "Are you confused?"
Me: "Honey, I don't understand why you're asking me so I guess, yes, I'm confused."
Student: "Did you go somewhere warm over break or something?"
Me: "Nope, I went to New York to visit my Mom. Why?"
Student: "'Cause you're wearing a dress."
Scene: I finished explaining the goal for today and asked students to give me a thumbs up if they understand, thumbs sideways if they need help. One student gave me a thumbs sideways, so I call on him.
Student: "When are we going to meet your husband?"