Student: *hands me an apple*
Me: “You don’t want it?”
Student: “It’s for you.”
Me: “Aw thanks!”
Student: “I took it from (insert another student’s name here) for you.”
Scene: It's the beginning of class. I begin by giving my Cherubs the agenda for the day.
Student 1: (Without raising his hand) "Miss A! Miss A! Why aren't we going to watch part of the movie again?"
Students in the back grumble in agreement.
Me: (Overreacting) "Do you really want me to tell you my plan?"
Student 1: (Surprised) "What plan?"
Students in the back look up.
Student 2: "Tell us!"
Me: (Being extra dramatic) "Naw I shouldn't. You guys won't really care."
Student 3: "We'll care! Tell us!"
Me: (Looks dramatically off into the distance)
Students: (Shouting) "TELL US" "WE CARE" "I WANT TO KNOW" "JUST SHUT UP SO SHE'LL TELL"
Me: (Exhales loudly and throws arms down) "AUGH fine."
So we've been reading Percy Jackson and they really seem to like it! I showed them part of the movie yesterday in order to work on compare/contrast responses. I like to celebrate the end of Percy Jackson with Cabin Competitions (if you're unfamiliar with my competitions from last year, click here), eat some Greek Food, and watch the WHOLE movie with NO interruptions. My kids were extra excited by the option of bringing something that represents their cabin and/or dressing up for extra credit.
With that story summarized, let's continue...
Student 1: "Wait... Miss A.. So I'm in Dionysus. Can I bring wine?"
Me: "Um.. only if you want me to lose my job."
Student 1: "Ok. So what can I bring then?"
Me: "Well let's think what else could you do that represents him?"
Student 1: "Oh I know! Soda and cough syrup! Ya'll won't be able to handle that!"
Me: (Stares blankly for a few seconds) "No."
Me: (Stares blankly off again) "If you can hear my voice clap once"
Scene: It’s before gym and we’re working on our reading. One first grader, A, just told me it’s her birthday today.
A: “Ms. A do you know what else?”
Me: “This is our last comment, ok? What else?”
A: “ When I was little and like and like a real baby.. um.. my name was still A”
7 other tiny hands shoot up
Owner of tiny hand #1: “I was a baby once.”
Owner of tiny hand #2: “Yeah I had a name too.”
Today's Tiny Teaching Land was filled with tiny kids crying, adult humans grumbling, and a few unedited, prematurely sent emails from an admin. The highlight of the day was an impressive flatulence and its journey down the hall of 1st graders. Like dominoes, their faces began to scrunch up to the odor until a student near the source began to cry. He got out of line saying, "YOUR FART SMELLS LIKE DEAD!"
Their scrunched up looks of pain may have been the highlight of my day, but the best part of my day left me speechless. E took handcuffs out of his backpack. I asked him where he got them and he said, "My mom's bedroom."
This year, I plan on sharing a bit more of my day to day activities in my classroom along with the typical humor that my darling students will definitely provide. If this interests you, please feel free to subscribe on the Home page or on the top (or bottom?) of your page.
Hopefully y'all will enjoy this years Tiny Teaching Edition. Also, here are a few pictures of my classroom :)