Let me first apologize for the hiatus. For those of you who don't know, I'm now a 6/7 grade teacher at a Montessori school. Don't ask. It's a long story full of power struggles, the word "urgency," and frequent changes in expectations.
Enough of that. Let's get to the good stuff.
My 6/7 grade cherubs began their morning by quietly working. In that welcomed moment of silence, I realized that shit was about to hit fan. If I learned one thing in Teaching Land, it's that when a loud class is quiet someone is about to die... or worse... get "roasted."
Flashback to yesterday:
Student 1&Student 2 were dating or together or going out... whatever the cool kids call it. Student 3 said to student 4 that someone in the class is going to break up. Student 4 assumed it was Student 1&2 and told student 1 that she, student 2, is going to break up with him. According to student 1, he didn't want to be "single forever" and if plans on breaking up, then he's going to ask another girl out. Well, student 2 heard that student 1 is now going out with another girl.
Student 2 decided it was time to roast student 1 as I was trying to understand the reason for the quiet. After 3 minutes of hair line and shoe insults, my quiet class turned into a full blown Capulet and Montague type brawl. Instead of the swords and poison, my cherubs chose paper balls and pencils.
My class went to "war" over a breakup. Most of the class survived unscathed however many lost their recess time.
Student 1: "Ms. Daley, I don't understand how the eclipse works."
Me: *Explains it again*
Student 1: "Yeah, I don't get that though. The moon was shot up last year."
*rings wind chimes* "Who can tell me what this sound means?"
Student 1: "Listen carefully."
Student 2: "Worship the devil."
A few days ago, I posted my first Teaching Land Challenge which can be found here:
Only a few people took on this challenge. This response, submitted by Will Felton, made me laugh the most. Enjoy 😊
This is the first Today in Teaching Land challenge. Are you ready? You better be, random person reading this. I challenge you to make a story out of these pictures and/connect it to science. The winner(s) will get bragging rights and the satisfaction of knowing you entertained me the day before my birthday.
Student 1: "Ms. Daley, I really like your lipstick! What is it?"
Me: "Thanks! It's Katy Perry. I bought it because it had cat ears on it."
Student 1: "Can I borrow it to do a makeover on ya?"
Me:" A makeover?! Why do I need it?"
Student 1 and student 2 responds simultaneously
Student 1: "No!"
Student 2: "Um yes... she needs to get rid of her glasses."
Girl, I'm fabulous.
A bunch of students did berate her until she apologized. 🙂
Today in 5th grade land, I began to have the cherubs create interactive notebooks. All we had to do was create the table of contents and number the pages. I thought it was going to be an easy day. After all, what could go wrong with numbering the pages?
I walked them through the table of contents and then began to tackle the page numbers. They had a few instructions: number every page and the table of contents will be page one. After that explanation, I showed them how the pages on the left will have even numbers.
Today I learned that a 5th grader will fight you on just about anything - including not having 100 pages in a brand new, straight out of the wrapper, 100 page composition notebook. I also learned that a 5th grader will demand that their notebook is "different fam" and that basic math (100 sheets of paper x 2 sides = 200 numbers in the notebook) escapes their minds because they "know their even numbers" and around 100 the numbers "change" causing the even and odd numbers to switch.