It’s Kind of a Funny Story…

This story takes the cake for the, now that I’m looking back on it, the funniest moment that happened this year. It definitely was NOT funny in the moment.

One of my kiddos REALLY wanted to be in another teacher’s class. She made sure to tell me this often. She wanted to be in his class SO bad that she decided to make my classroom look like his classroom.

We had a pretty cold winter so indoor recess was quite frequent. During indoor recess, aids watch our class during indoor recess, she would draw the other teachers class mission statement on scratch paper and hang it up ALL over my classroom with tape. EVERYWHERE! I came back after lunch the first day and was so annoyed. I took them down, she threw a fit. I asked her not to do it again and waste tape.

During indoor recess the next day, same thing happened. They were everywhere, again. She got in trouble again, I took them down, she threw a fit.

The next time we had indoor recess, I put the tape away in my desk. Knowing that the other kids would tattle if she went behind there and got it. Came back to no signs anywhere. I thought I had solved this problem. But alas, it doesn’t end this easily.

We had indoor recess a few more times. It wasn’t until like 5 or 6 indoor recesses after the last incident that I came back to MORE signs everywhere. She brought her own tape from home because of course she did. I cleaned it up and let her know that if it happened again, she would have to spend indoor recesses in the office because she can’t hang up anything she wants on the walls.

It stopped after this. I thought.

Flash forward to last week when I was cleaning up my classroom, taking down posters for the end of the year and reorganizing the cabinets. Guess what I found under all of my posters?

If you guessed her posters of his class mission statement, you are correct. Under every single poster in the room. Some of them had multiple signs under them. They were also slid under things we don’t use regularly in the cabinets. They were stuffed inside my boxes of notebooks as well. There was at least 30-40 signs hidden in my classroom.

She was sneaky enough to only remove one staple from the wall and slide them under there with her tape from home. I never even noticed a difference.

I still wonder why the other children weren’t quick to tattle on her. They are 7 and 8, tattling is still a big deal. Though they also never told me that a child had her pet worm on her desk all day, but that is a story for another day.

One Word

I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon of setting a one word goal for the following school year. I think this makes a goal more manageable and easier to reach, hopefully.

My one word next year is going to be Organization.

I spent my entire year last year being a hot mess express. I didn’t file things, just placed them in a pile to be filed. I would clean off my desk only to have it become a disaster 15 minutes later.

I started the year with nothing so, beginning year organization didn’t really follow through once I started to accumulate stuff. It all needed to be redone, but there isn’t time when you’ve got 22 second graders running around. They take the priority and things become a disaster.

I spent my extra day during the summer organizing the cupboards and making sure everything has a place. When I can get into my desk and shelves again, our furniture needs to be pushed to one side of the classroom during the summer for cleaning, that is the next step. Getting those to work.

I also have a better idea of how I want my class to run and where I want things to go. I’ve bought some bins to help with that idea.

I also got the cutest planner! It is an Erin Condren Teacher Planner. I’m hoping the look of it makes me more inclined to actually use it. I suck at keeping a planner, more on that later. I am jumping at the bit to start using it next year already! Check out my Facebook page for a live video inside peak of that planner later this week. Here’s the link if you aren’t following me yet! fb.me/Confessionsofarealteacher

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Hopefully, this one word goal is successful. Maybe my life will be slightly less of a mess.

April Fools

Today was our last day before April fools day. Have Have you seen that video going around of that fake spelling test? I gave it to my kiddos today.

I told them they had to pass this test to go to third grade. They had three chances to pass and this was there first chance. The test is made up words with silent letters. It’s amazing.

When I said April fools, they weren’t sure if it was a joke or not.

They didn’t think it was funny. I however, thought it was hilarious.

Today I Don’t Want To Write

Today I didn’t want to write.

Today I had a hard day.

Today I got some pretty upsetting news.

But I did write.

I wrote an entire post, that I later deleted. It didn’t need to be published.

I wrote about my frustrations and about how sad I was.

Instead of laying on my couch crying until morning, I wrote.

It is such a relieving feeling to get everything off your chest and get it out somewhere.

It was still terrible news and I am still really upset. I do feel a little better now that it has been released.

Write even when you don’t feel like it.

Testing Review

We don’t do state testing in second grade. (Thank goodness. They are still babies.) We do district testing though. We have 3 benchmarks in math and language arts and a pre and post test in each as well. We are finishing our last math unit and will begin to review. I want to review in a fun and exciting way. They need to stay engaged and actually want to review.

I’m thinking a review carnival. A couple scavenger hunts and escape the rooms. And anything else I can think of.

What are your favorite ways and games to review? I have about two months until the test. So lots of games and review time!

Peeps

We were completing a super fun STEM activity on Friday. The kiddos were building a nest for two peeps. The nest was unifix cubes, a cup on top, pipe cleaners, and the birds sat on top the pipe cleaners. It was a challenging but fun activity.

The kiddos were BEGGING to eat the peeps they had used in the challenge. I told them no because it was disgusting. There hands had been all over them and a few had stuck pipe cleaners in them.

Every time we do activities with food, even if I tell them NOT to eat it, I have a child who will dig whatever it is out of the trash can and eat it. He will pick them up off the floor, even if they have been stepped on, and eat it. It is disgusting. Because of this, I told the kiddos there would be a 10,000 dollar fine for eating ANY peeps, even their own. Thinking this severe consequence would stop this child from eating them. It did. But, another child decided she would eat them.

I tried to convince her not to eat them. I told her she would never get to do store or earn any more money for the rest of the year really. She didn’t care. I told her I would but packages of peeps in the store on Friday that she could buy. She didn’t care. I told her she could not eat them. She didn’t care. Any reason I could think of, she didn’t think it was a good enough reason NOT to eat the peeps. So she ate them.

She gladly handed me her money and took her fine sheet. She then told me, “We are really poor so this is the only thing I will eat today.” That is a lie by the way.

We are having store on Friday. She is going to MELTDOWN. But, I will have to hold strong. I may need to call in my intern coach before we start to be ready to take her down to the office.

I’m pretty nervous for the store. I’m nervous for meltdown city happening again.

Wish me luck. This is not going to end well.

Testing

There are no words to describe

the fear you feel

when your brightest child

looks at the test

and says

“Well either of these answers would work…”

On a question

where the other choices

are ridiculous

and obviously wrong.