Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Miss Paul and Pit Bulls

This morning a student from another classroom came in and was looking through my ball bucket (where all the balls, coats, and lunchboxes are kept at lunch time) for his missing jacket.  It happened to be full with playground balls.  As I was looking through it with him he said "I think I know why your name is Miss Paul now, because you have so many balls"  Apparently he thinks that my name is Miss Ball.  It's cool, whatever floats your boat kid : )

This morning one of my students was sharing his Student of the Week poster with the class.  On it there was a picture of his dogs.  After he had shared his poster I asked the class if they had any questions for the student presenting.  One of the students asked how tall the big dog in the picture was.  The student replied very confidently "It's a pit bull so it's maybe like 5 or 10 feet tall." Now wouldn't that be a sight to behold!  I haven't taught measurement yet, looks like he will have a couple of things to learn in that unit : )

Another conversation that I had today with one of my students made me laugh:

Me: Get to work (Everyone had started working except this particular student)
Student: I have the hiccups.
Me: O.k. well you can still work even if you have the hiccups.

I love that I get to be around AWESOME kids every single day!  They really are the BEST!

Friday, September 20, 2013


"Teacher, look at my Frankenapple!"  This little boy came in this morning so excited to show me this : )  He made it this morning at home.  Apparently both his parents go to work before he leaves for school and this is what he decided to do this morning before coming to school.  So creative.  I was so happy to see that he was doing something creative as opposed to sitting in front of the TV or computer. 
One more funny thing from this morning:

In the mornings I often spend a few minutes letting the kids share good news with me.  This morning when I asked for good news one of the girls in my class raised her hand and said "My dad wants another baby so we were going to go to the place where you get babies from, but they didn't have any left."  Not sure what type of place that is....Kids are great!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Name Tags, Birthday, Antarctica, and a Rivalry

Alright.  Here are a few of the funny things that happened today. 

Name Tags:

The students have name tags that they wear when they go into other teachers classrooms for rotations.  The hook that we store them on is too high for the kids to reach so when they come back I have them put the name tags on my desk and then I hang them up when I get a chance.  Today I looked over at my desk and found their name tags waiting for me to hang up.  Made me laugh : )

A student in my class had a birthday today.  For birthdays everybody in the class makes a card and then we put them all together in a book. 

These two were both from boys.  They gave her so many compliments, so cute! Kids are awesome!
This one just made me laugh.  "Don't we look funny?" Haha.  Why yes you do.
So....my classroom has been freezing.  Maybe not quite as cold as Antarctica, but definitely close.  My poor kids have been putting their arms in their shirts and then pulling their shirts over their knees to keep themselves warm.  Today we were on the carpet and I was teaching about context clues.  One of the boys was sitting there with both of his arms in his shirt.  I asked a question and he got really excited about answering and shot his arm up (it was still under his shirt).  Half of his shirt came up and I couldn't help but laugh.  He quickly pulled it down, put his arm through the arm hole and raised his hand again.  Of course I called on him. 
It is rivalry week as BYU will be playing Utah this Saturday.  My school always makes a big deal out of this by posting signs in the hall and by having everybody dress up on Friday to show who they will be supporting.  An announcement came on at the end of the day today to remind the kids to dress up to support their favorite team tomorrow.  Of course as soon as the announcement was over the kids started chanting "BYU, BYU, BYU" and "Utah Utes, Utah, Utes".  As they were packing up their backpacks I heard one kids say "BYU rules, but you know what Utah Utes do? Toot."  He has got the concept of rhyming words down.  I am so lucky to be around such sweet kids, and so glad that is the extent of their mean comments toward the rival team.  There are a lot of people who could learn a thing or two from them. 
I am so grateful for my kids that make me smile and laugh!  I have the BEST job!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Age and Marriage

For some reason my kids always ask me how old I am.  I don't mind telling them.  I like for them to know things about me and for them to realize that I am a real person just like them.  Hopefully none of my students think that I live at the school or anything like that. 

We had a water day on the Friday of the first week of school.  The kids were soaked and I was soaked too, we had a lot of fun together.  One of my students asked me how old I was.  I told him I was 23.  A girl standing by who was listening into the conversations was very surprised by my response.  I asked her how old she thought I was to which she responded "I thought you were like 30." I acted quite offended and shocked that she thought I was that old, in a very playful way of course.  My student who had asked the question then piped in by saying "She couldn't be 30, she's not even married yet." (Apparently if you are 30 you have to be married) Then after a second he bounces away while saying, "You should just get married, that would make everything better."  Thanks for the advice kiddo.  Believe it or not, I'm working on it. 

Today another little girl in my class asked me how old I was.  I told her I was 23 and she was also shocked.  I asked her how old she thought I was and she said, "I thought you were like 16." I said "Why thank you." Let's be honest, at 23 I would rather someone think I'm 16 than think I'm 30.

The moral of the story is...there are many second graders that are not very good at guessing ages of people.  They do like to throw out marriage advice though, just like everybody else.  This next story actually happened two years ago (my first year) but it is still one of my favorites.

I was teaching guided reading. I had four boys from other classes. While they were reading a girl from my class came up and asked if I would put her hair clip back in for her. As I did so one of the boys was watching. When I turned back to the boy he asked "Are you a mom yet?" I told him that I wasn't, I wasn't even married yet. He then said "So have you found someone?"
Kids are the best!

Why Another Blog?

Someday I will be married and have kids, when that day comes being a wife and mother will be the best job ever (although I am sure there will be moments where I will want to pull my hair out).  In my current circumstances however I have the BEST JOB EVER!  I get to teach seven and eight year olds every day, and it's great!  We have a ball.  As much fun as lesson planning and grading are (that's sarcasm by the way), the kids are what make the job.  This summer I couldn't wait for them to come back because they make it fun.  On almost a daily basis they make me smile and laugh, and I love it!  I decided that I would start a blog just for those simply daily things about teaching that make me smile and laugh.  The things that make all of the other work and extra hours worth it.  So here's to the kids and loving my job!  I hope that their cute words and actions will bring as many smiles and laughs to you (through this blog) as they do to me.  Enjoy!