So- I’m going to try to start a “series” on this blog. I mean, who am I kidding? I will have a difficult time keeping up any kind of “series” and sometimes my kids give me no material. Today, however? Yes.
Installment #1 of “Things I Never Thought Would Come Out of My Mouth”
“SERIOUSLY?! YOU’RE TELLING ME YOU JUST TIED YOURSELF TO A BOOK CART?!?!?!“
And no, there is no preface. We started to leave for the day and my line was stuck because a child had tied himself to the book cart. What. The. Heck.
Happy Tuesday! 🙂
Anyone who has mentioned the word j-o-b to me in the last two years has heard how much I L-O-V-E mine. My kids are adorable. Seriously. Freaking. Adorable. I have 8 students this year that I have had in years past. That bond is strong. The additional 13 kids that I have gotten the pleasure of teaching this year are also incredible and never cease to make me smile…well, almost never.
Today we were discussing Grammar: what you learn to make your writing sound better. Yes, right now we’re focusing on grammar in writing, not in speaking…baby steps. I have used the example of things they say, “Is we going to lunch yet?” Ummm. Yeah. Baby. Steps.
So today we discussed Questions vs. Statements. I was giving them an example because they were confused with the “being” verbs (He was running. -they said there was no “what” in his sentence…) so I told them, “I am 26.” Immediately one of my girls replied, “But you look young!” Soon backed up by another student, “Really young! You do!”
So also, today I told my kids that my favorite day this week was Saturday. Some of my sweet, intuitive girls knew that it was because my husband is coming home so they wrote me cards on their own paper. Things like, “Miss Willis, I hope you have a great day on Saturday. I know you’ve missed him very much…”
and then my favorite one of the day…
“You’re the double best teacher I could ever have.”
See why my j-o-b is so awesome?
I have a student whose name is Diego. He is the one who missed me all the way from his table about a month ago. Diego is adorable, very cute, and sometimes a little distracted from what’s going on. For example, we’ll be moving in line and he will be looking around at the pictures on the wall so I have to say, “Go Diego, Go!” I do apologize for my blatant misuse of his name. However, when he brings his lunchbox with the cartoon character Diego on it, I can’t help but get caught up in the catchphrase!
Anyhow, Diego has a little brother who is in Kindergarten and I happen to adore some of the Kindergarteners in his class. I have a friend named Galileo, a friend named Alexandra, and a new friend named Ivan. Ivan constantly says to me, “Hey, you’re Diego’s teacher.” So, today my Kindergarten friends were walking in from recess with their class. I looked at them and said, “Hi! How is my favorite Kindergarten class doing?!”, to which Ivan replied, “How is my favorite Diegos doing?”
Excellent question, friend. I don’t know what it means, but if I find some Diegos, I will most certainly tell you how is they doing.
Reading tests are, by far, the funniest experiences of my life. Most of the time, my kids try to be funny. They say clever things…scream out funny words…or make silly faces. However, during a reading test, they’re trying their hardest to be serious…and if they have trouble reading, they come up with good good stuff.
Today’s reading test moment of the day…”Kevin’s other brother used the wagon to make a f-ahhhh…f…aaahhh…f…aaahhh..rrrrrr…fart. Kevin’s other brother used the wagon to make a fart…to make a fart…to make a FORT! Kevin’s other brother used the wagon to make a FORT!”
Might I just add…the lovely student had NO idea they had said fart about 6 times…so I was left to stifle laughter…and exhilarated when they finally came up with fort. 🙂 I love my kids.
I wanted to share two things about my breed of crazy: #1- I love…let me repeat…LOVE my students this year so much that I had a dream this weekend that they were in 5th grade and I was still their teacher (yet somehow in present-day) and I was writing them all letters at the end of the year telling them about the people I knew they were and who they could be…how proud I was of them, etc. Anyway, I ended up sobbing because I loved them, threatening them if they didn’t email me throughout middle and high school, and waking myself up because I was so emotional. Then I felt even more guilty for taking off Friday. Personal days and I just can’t work. I have guilt like the Catholic Church (no offense, Catholics, just a cliche).
#2- I love to share stories even if EVERY other teacher in the world has experienced them. So here goes, they’re special-er and cuter because they’re MY kids. 🙂 So I have a student who was gone for 3 weeks because he went to Mexico for a family situation and then had a crappy situation when they got home too. It was really sad and he didn’t deserve to have a crappy month of February. However, it all worked out and he’s back at school and everything’s working out for them. Yay!
Anyhow, he came to my back table to ask me a question the other day because he needed something…or something? I don’t remember the particulars. However, he came back and said, “Hey Ms. Havens…I really missed you.”…and I said, “When, [insert male student name]?”…and he said, “I really missed you when you were over here and I was at my desk working. I just missed you.”
WEFKJAWE;GLKJWE G;LKAJEWF AWEF WHY ARE YOU SO ADORABLE?!
I love my kids. 🙂
xoxo. gossip girl? haha, no. just me. well…there are def. times in my life that nickname would’ve worked, but alas, I’m supposed to be a grown-up now. 😉