Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I was in the classroom on Monday when all of a sudden this horrific smell wafted my way. I am fairly certain that one of my boys let an SBD (silent by EXTREMELY deadly) poot!!! As the aroma filled my nostrils... I began to slowly walk away from the grotesque smell. For fear of passing out from disgust.
I joys of 10 year old boys.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Mania

Today was an interesting day to say the very least.

I was out on Friday and came back to a note that was not on the good side. So the day started with me having to talk to a handful of children about their behavior.
Then it happened. I knew it would. In 4 years, I have not had it happen to me until today... One of the other 5th grade teachers walked in on me while I was using the restroom. Stupid woman that I am, I didn't lock the door. Well... I'm just glad that she did not see anything because I screamed and with cat like reflexes grabbed for the door as it was being opened. She did tell me at the end of the day that it made her laugh all day long when she thought about it. Hey at least I'm good for something... entertainment. Wonder what my act will be tomorrow... I'm looking for ideas.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Cutie Copy Cat

They say the best form of flattery is to be copied. Well after last week I totally agree.

Last Thursday, at open house, one of my students from last year stopped by for a visit. Her little sister is going to be in kindergarten and big sis had to jump at the chance to come by and see me. When the three girls (mom included) stopped by my room, we chatted and hugged and reminisced. As they were getting ready to leave, I noticed that little kindergarten cutie had a tiger tail tucked into her pants. She had worn it because she had seen me wear one at collegiate field day when my class was Clemson. Personally, I thought it was the cutest and most flattering thing I have seen. Kids can make you feel so special.

Monday, August 9, 2010

First Day

Today we established our 4 classroom rules... What they are I have no idea because we wrote them at 9 am.
(After day 2 I know #3 is support and listen to eachother. I had to remind them to follow rule 3 today. One is about respecting people, their space and materials. There is one about working hard and trying your best on assignments. I am pretty sure the 4th one is follow directions. I added a 5th that says learn and have fun. Hey not bad. I guess once I got going they flooded my head.)

Then we spent almost 2 hours putting together binders... With 10 year olds, it takes 2 hours.
(On day 2 we organized our other supplies and got text books. OOOOOOOOOOO fun).

On the first day, I had a young lady who would not stop talking. I redirected her several and I mean SEVERAL times. Today I placed a note on her desk asking her to focus on controlling her talking and being nicer to the people at her group, because (did I mention) she bosses all the boys around.

Hey there is power in a Post-It!!! she was good today... I'm going to leave more Post-It "notes" for my students.

Tune in for more 5th grade fun.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

To Do is No More

I have an announcement.... I am officially ready for the first week of school!!!

I completed all tasks on my To Do list, so the kids are more then welcome to join me on Monday. I have included some pictures so you can come on in and join us.

This is a picture from the doorway into my classroom.

This is a view from the front of the room to the back.

I spend a lot of time in here and so do my children so I try to make it as HAPPY as possible.
I'm sure I will have lots to say Monday after my first day. Until then...

Friday, August 6, 2010

To Do:

List of things left do to before Monday...

1. Write lesson plans: Now this is critical since as a teacher I need them in order to do y job and be prepared for the students each day.

2. Prepare Teacher Incentive: I have decided that after last year my Big Bird needs a few accessories so he can travel to the different teacher when needed. (This is a CRITICAL task, let me tell you)

3: Clean My desk: You can not see it... well I couldn't see it anyway when I left work today because there were no lights on in the building.

4: Create Power Point: This will include morning directions for the students when the walk into the classroom. I will most likely spend my time doing this and they will not read it and ask me what they are supposed to do... GO FIGURE!!!

Mix all this together and what do you get? Me going to work tomorrow on a Saturday to finish. Good thing I didn't have plans until tomorrow night... It's all for the children, It's all for the children, It's all for the children. And for the HUGE pay check I get. HEHE.