Monday, October 14, 2013

The Marriage Question

Student 1 - "Miss Paul are you married?"
Me - "No"
Student 2 - "She's looking for a husband."

Totally made me laugh.

Student 1 - "I have a cousin who is your same age and my mom wants to hook you up with him"

Haha, the joys of being a single teacher.  Gotta love it, they sure do make me laugh!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My Favorite Place in the USA

Next week we are celebrating school lunch week.  There is a drawing competition for the kids and the theme was "My favorite place in the U.S.A."  Here are some of my cuties drawings:


And of course...don't forget McDonalds:
I also got this e-mail from a student last night!  I am the luckiest!  I love my kids!
Here is a funny quote from a girl in my class yesterday:
"It feels like there is a big staple in my shirt. Was my brother stapling my shirt?"  Haha I love that that her first though was that her brother had been stapling her shirt.  Cute kiddos!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Class Pet

My kids are on some strange class pet obsessions.  Actually it's not strange.  We read a story called "Teacher's Pet" in our literacy program last week. I think that is what got the ball rolling along with the fact that some kids in one of the other classes brought in a leaf eater and worms and called them their class pets. 

Two days ago one of the little girls in my class came in with a jar.  In it was a caterpillar.  At the carpet in the morning she proudly announced that it could be our class pet.  She put it over on the counter where it wouldn't be a distraction.  At recess the kids diligently collected leaves for it to eat.  At the end of the day she took it home with her. 

This morning she came back with the class pet.  When one of the students in the class asked how the class pet was doing she said "It's almost dead."  Leaves were still collected for it at recess, but it was forgotten on the counter at the end of the day. 

The poor thing that found its way into the hands of a second grader.  If you die overnight little caterpillar, may you rest in peace. 

Smart Brain and a Magical Miracle Worker

I have a wooden wolf in my classroom that I have the students put on their desk when they go to the bathroom so that I can easily see who is gone.  Unfortunately my students have been rough on him and he was broken in three places.  It's a rough life being a wooden wolf in a second grade classroom.  I had all of the pieces to fix it and so I decided to bring it home and use my wood glue to fix it this weekend.

I was working on it while my brother was over and he actually ended up fixing it.  When I brought the wolf back to school I told them that I had fixed him this weekend and that they needed to be very careful with him. 

At this I hear one of the girls in my class say "You are a miracle worker!"  Made me smile.

During Guided Reading (when I am reading with small groups of students) I use some dice with questions on them after we read the story.  The kids roll and answer the question.  I have three different sets of dice for different levels of readers and different types of books.  I had a guided reading group come in.  The green die were on the table from a previous group.  Once the kids got going I put the green dice away and got out the blue ones that had more appropriate questions on them for the group I was reading with.  Later after the students had read the book one of the students in the group piped up and said "Now they're blue, she painted them!" 
Today I was working on re-teaching a small group of students a concept that we had already learned.  We were working on subtraction.  The students were working with some flash cards.  One of the students picked up a flashcard that had the problem "11-3" on it.  He answered 8 very quickly without using the number line which is uncharacteristic of him. 
Me: "How did you know it was 8"
Student: " I Guessed it in my brain"
Me: a face that tells him I don't believe him and that's not how we get answers
Student: "What?  I've got a smart brain today!"
I only wish I could show you his little smirk, he was so stinkin' adorable that I couldn't even be mad. 

The Lost Lost Tooth

In second grade kids are loosing teeth left and right!  It seems that on some days half of the "good news" that I let them share in the morning is "I have a loose tooth" or in the case of this morning "I have 5 loose teeth". 

At the end of each day I have the students clean up the classroom.  They move the lunch clips, stack their chairs, clean off their desks, straighten the bookshelf and clean up the floor. 

Last week we were cleaning up and one of my students shouts out "Miss Paul, I found a tooth."  I didn't believe him at first, but sure enough he came and showed it to me and it was a tooth.  I asked if anyone in the class had lost their lost tooth, but nobody had.  When he asked me what to do with it, I told him "Put it in the lost and found."  What is one to do with a lost tooth that's gone M.I.A? 

Someone told me that I should have told him to keep it and put it under his pillow to see if the Tooth Fairy would come.  Can the Tooth Fairy be tricked like that?