Monday, December 27, 2010

New way to submit!

If you take a look up at the top of the blog ^ you'll now see a link that says Submit a story now! This will take you to a form to fill in quickly and easily so you don't need to worry about emailing.  Also, you can choose whether or not you'd like your submission to be anonymous!

Hope everyone had a happy holiday! :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Today was our annual Holiday Party.  Jason, Amy, Meredith and I were out in the hallway getting things set up as students were coming into homerooms.  Once girl from another homeroom came out to go to the bathroom.

"Hattie!" Jason yelled, as per his usual greeting.

"Hey, gorgeous," was Hattie's reply.  Not quite what we were expecting.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Whales Blow

I had my students working in centers a couple of days ago.  Hattie was working on a center of Main Idea and Supporting Details.  Her main idea was "Whales blow."  She did have supporting details to go with it though.  Some of those were: "Whales can be identified by the size of their blows." "Right Whales make 2 low blows with their twin blow wholes." "The sperm whale makes a blow that is angled forward." :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mouth Filter

Some students are blessed with the ability to think before they speak.  Most, though, are not.  Molly overheard the following conversation between one of these non-filtered students, Herman, and another student, Hattie had been absent for several days.

"Why were you out so long?" Herman asked.
"I was sick," Hattie replied and continued on with her work.
Henry wasn't satisfied, "No, but how were you sick?"
Hattie thought for a moment, "I just didn't feel good."
Henry still wasn't satisfied, "Throwing up? Diarrhea? What?"
Hattie got very red and went back to her work.
"Come on. What did you have?" Herman continued.

At this point, Molly stepped in and explained that, although she was glad he was worried about the health of his fellow student, it wasn't appropriate to ask anyone those questions.  He apologized for being "too intrusive".

Monday, December 20, 2010

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Tonight is the first winter solstice lunar eclipse in centuries.  Currently, my students are talking about the moon and its phases in science class.  One of my students was very excited when he came over to see me after science.

"Did you know there's a lunar eclipse tonight?" Herman asked me, "The moon will be red and everything."

"What makes it red?" I asked him.

"I don't know.  It must be embarassed 'cause everyone's looking at it or something." he replied.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Oh Canada!

Today we were making a video to send to our Canadian ePals.  We had written the scripts and practiced on previous days to be ready for today's shoot.  I tod them to get what they needed because we were ready to head to our locations.

"Wait!" Henrietta shouted, "I have to go the bathroom and fix my hair.  I can't have people in Canada thinking I look like this! I'm representing America."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Truth about Pregnancy

Molly's student, Herman, just became a big brother.  "Do you know it hurts really bad?" he asked her upon returning to school, "Like really, really bad?"
"Oh really?" was her response.
"Yeah," he said, "You guys [meaning women] can keep doing that for a while.  We [men] don't want it."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Good use of simile...

Clare was teaching her students about the Makah tribe. They're a whaling tribe that will sing to the whales before they kill them.  In their song they promise them gifts for the sacrifice they are making for the tribe.  Herman raised his hand and added: "That's like giving exercise equipment to a paralyzed person."

Monday, December 13, 2010

Just Not Getting It...

A teacher was taking his class on a field trip the following day, and was going over ground rules with them.  Herman, a student who wasn't going on the trip because have behavioral issues, kept raising his hand to ask questions.
"Can we bring fried chicken for lunch?"
"You could if you were going, Herman, but since you're not, maybe you could bring it for your school lunch instead."
Herman had another question, "Ok, but can I bring my CD player for the bus?"
"If you were going, you could, but you're not.  This doesn't apply to you."
"I know, but should I wear jeans or my church pants?"
Exasperated, his teacher responded, "Herman, you may wear jeans tomorrow because you're going to be staying at school, not going on the trip."
The next day, he showed up with his fried chicken, and his CD player, wearing his fancy church pants - all to sit in the in school suspension room for the day.

Thanks Georgeann!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Silent Lunch Part 2

As I said before, Silent Lunch is our Lunch Detention.  It's for things like verbal bullying, horseplay, inappropriate language, etc.  Occasionally, though, there are some Silent Lunch reasons that go above and beyond :)

Here are a couple more:

"Hattie received a silent lunch for using glue on her belly button while riding on the bus." Maybe it was falling off?

Henrietta's reason: "Using inapproprate language about Herman to Helen."
Helen's reason: "Repeated inappropriate language from Henrietta to Herman to cause a disruption."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Inventions of the Year

My kids get the weekly magazine: Time for Kids.  These weeks edition was about the Best Inventions of 2010.  It featured things like the Superhero Suit, the Hardworking Robot, and eLegs.  Herman's favorite invention, though was the AirPod.  A air powered car that doesn't pollute. 

"I'm gonna get one of those when I get older," he told me.  "It'd be nice to have around the house.  I could run to the store and it would cost like 10 cents.  If I take a car, it probably takes $1 to go all the way to the store.  This would save me so much money."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


When I sneeze, I tend to sneeze loudly and several in a row.  I've always been that and I'll always be that way.  It often takes my students a couple of weeks to figure that out.  They'll start off saying "Bless you" after each one, but eventually they realize to just wait, it'll be awhile.  Earlier in the year, I was teaching a lesson and could feel sneezes coming on.  I sneezed 5 or 6 times in a row pretty loudly and looked up to a stun class. 

"You sneeze a lot," Herman said after a couple seconds.  "It's kinda scary....could you warn us the next time that's going to happen?"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Things They Don't Teach You in College

There are some things that teachers have to learn while working in the classroom.  One of those things is how to hide your laughter.  Bethann learned this recently as she was discussing Toy Story 3 with her 6th grade students.  She was explaining to them how excited she was to see the final movie because her children had grown up watching the original.  The students weren't exactly sure what movie she was talking about until she started naming characters like Rex, Mr. Potatohead, and Buzz Lightyear.  Herman's face lit up with recognition as he proclaimed, "I remember that movie.  I have a little Woody!"

This is the point where you bite your lip and turn your head. :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Presents from 6th Graders

In Clare's room, she has a classroom store where students can earn "money" throughout the year and buy certain things - erasers, stickers, pencils and more!  Around Christmas time last year, she reminded her students that they could buy presents for their friends and family in the classroom store as well.  Herman was checking out the supply and suggested to Clare that they buy a weed wacker to include as one of the items.  "To do yard work?" she wondered. "For my mom's pits." he replied.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Parental Saturday: Never give in!

Christie had a student pulled out of her classroom by the principal to discuss an incident reported by the bus driver.  Herman had apparently been sticking his head and arms out of the window while the bus was in motion on several occasions.  He was given a detention to serve the following day.  The next day, Herman was brought to school by his mother, who wanted to speak to the principal about the incident.
     "Herman says he didn't do it," his mother explained, "I don't think he should get in trouble for something he didn't do."
     "I interviewed several witnesses who said the same thing the bus driver did," the principal told her.
     "Well those witnesses must have been mistakened, because Herman says he didn't do it."
     The principal opened a file on his computer and a video of a bus started playing.  Herman was clearly visible with both arms and head out of the window.
     "That must be another child, because Herman says he didn't do it."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sometimes teenagers say the darndest things

A male substitue was filling in for a high school Social Studies teacher.  One of the classes was a particularly trying group of students with a girl, the ring leader, sitting in the very front of the room.  Upon having enough, he looked at her and tried out a phrase his parents had used successfully on him growing up.  He pointed his finger at her, "Don't try me." he said.  She didn't even blink an eye and responded, "I'd love to." Not thinking he could deal with things like that on a day to day basis, he decided to become an accountant.

Thanks Georgeann!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

If a word rhymes, it's pretty much the same thing

Clare was reading a story to her class about Hanukkah on the first day of the holiday.  She was explaining to the students about the popular jewish toy - the dreidel.  "I've heard of them before," Herman shouted out, "In that song that makes babies fall asleep."  "Which song are you talking about?" Clare asked him, puzzled. His reply: "You know the one. 'Rock-a-bye baby on the tree tops...when the bough breaks the dreidel will fall..."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Bridget was working with her math students in small groups.  There were several groups around the room and she was moving from group to group keeping track on their progress.  Herman was in a group on the other side of the room and needed the teacher's help.  He raised his hand and called out "Sugar Mama"....His face got red as he realized his mistake.  That wasn't what he meant to say.