Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Currently

I am linking up with Farley over at "Oh' Boy 4th Grade" for her July Currently.
I know I am a day late, but better than never. :)


Listening - I was working out so I have So You Think You Can Dance on.  I finished working out so now it's just playing.  I like to have something to watch while I workout at home.  Our dog is also barking outside at who knows what.  There is probably some creature out in the field.

Loving - I am loving having the summer off to spend with my little girl.  I also use the summer to catch up and get ahead on a lot of things.  This summer I have been working on VBS, 10 year class reunion, cheerleading, and a music camp.  I could not do it all during the school year if I did not take time during the summer.

Thinking - I plan on driving to our river house tomorrow, but I have so much to do here before being gone for 4 days.  Ahhh! It truly is never ending.

Wanting - I would love to have my school keys back.  They take them up at the end of the school year, and they won't give them back until they are done waxing our floors.  Well school starts in less than a month and we still don't have them.  I am getting a little stressed!

Needing - I think we could all agree that we would love to have more time in general. :)

4th Plans - We always spend the 4th at our river house.  I plan on taking it easy, reading a book, and enjoying fireworks by the water front. 

What are your 4th of July plans?  I hope you have a great 4th!

Elizabeth

Monday, June 23, 2014

Funny First Grade Sayings

I'm back!  I took a little break from blogging, but I have been following everyone.  I am ready to start back and just in time to get my room back in order for the new school year.  Our school starts in about a month!

I wanted to start back blogging by writing something that I want to remember.  That is what my crazy but fun first graders said this past year.  I loved the class, and they definitely will be one that I will never forget.  I didn't get them all written down, but I tried to get some.  I hope you get some laughs as you read these sayings. :)

Scenario 1
Teacher: "Why are you at your backpack?"
Student: "I thought I came to school with diapers in my backpack." Serious as he could be
Teacher: Puzzled and I am sure giving him a crazy face "Why would you have diapers?  Do you need them?"
Student: "No, but my mom might with my baby brother."
What can you say? He genuinely was concerned.
I am just glad my backpack area doesn't look like this!
Source: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/d8/43/ba/d843ba149a18579a5f95fd38df9b0283.jpg

Scenario 2 - Small Group Reading - Reading a chapter book
Teacher: "Does anyone know why the police called the mother a cuckoo?"
Student: "No, but she must be from Bolivar.  My parents say that all the cuckoos live in Bolivar."

Scenario 3 - Writing "Monkey Notes" (Conduct Notes) before Going Home for the Day
Teacher: "Why have you been acting up today?"
Student: "You know what caused my misbehavior?  It's this scar under my eye.  It has caused me to act this way."
Needless to say, he still got his monkey note.
Source: http://hdwallpapersbase.com/cartoon-monkey-wallpapers/

Scenario 4 - Teaching off the Promethean Board (Smart Board)
Student: "Mrs. Elizabeth, why is that written so sloppy?" Pointing to the Promethean Board in which I had typed something.
Teacher: "What are you talking about?" Confused as can be, because everything was typed
Student: "This.  It's sloppy." Getting up and pointing to words that were italicized "You wouldn't let me turn my work in like that."
All I could do was laugh and try to explain

Scenario 5 - Bringing students back from the bathroom
Student: "Do I have a booger in my nose?" Holding his head back so I could check
Teacher: "Really, you just asked me that? Why don't you go back to the bathroom and see?"
Source: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/65/a1/a1/65a1a1ea6093bbfb985af8b2ba9118bc.jpg

Scenario 6 - Small Group Reading
Teacher: "When would you need to use a dictionary?"
Student: "I won't ever need a dictionary.  I have Siri.  She will be my dictionary."

Scenario 7 - Science Time Talking about Living and Nonliving Things
Teacher: "Is a hamburger living or nonliving?"
Student: "It is living in my mouth when I eat it." All serious.
Source: http://www.gospelgifs.com/art_pages_03/hamburger-001.htm

Scenario 8 - Math Lesson about Perimeter
Teacher: "Why should we learn about perimeter?"
Student: "When I get older and I have kids that are in first grade, I will need to help and teach them about perimeter."

Scenario 9 - Whole Group Reading Lesson
Teacher: "What is a crack?"
Student: "It's dark brown and sometimes itches."
Wrong crack!
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedailyenglishshow/7175035520/

Scenario 10 - Small Group Reading Lesson about Worms
Student in another group: "Worms! I can do the worm."
Teacher: "Do it!" I was talking to another person.
Student: "Really!" Jumps up to do the worm.
Teacher: "NO!!! I wasn't talking to you." 
Source: http://clipbug.blogspot.com/2010_06_01_archive.html

These are just some of the crazy things that were said in my classroom this year. 
 I truly love teaching and never day is boring!

Elizabeth

Monday, March 3, 2014

Meet the Teacher Monday & Read Across America Linky

I am linking up again with Trina at The Ordinary to Extraordinary Classroom for her "Meet the Teacher Monday" linky party. 


Meet the Teacher Monday: Dr. Seuss Edition 

1.  What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  Why?

My favorite Dr. Seuss book is Oh, the Places You'll Go!.  It gives everyone hope for the future.  I love thinking that you can do anything or go anywhere.  It is all for you to decide what to do with your life.

2. Do you have a favorite quote by Dr. Seuss?

I love Dr. Seuss quotes.  It is hard to pick just one, but I guess my favorite is:

"A person's a person, no matter how small."

3.  There are many life lessons to be learned from the works of Dr. Seuss.  What's your favorite life lesson to teach your students?

Mine goes along with Question/Answer number 1.  I love Oh, The Places You'll Go!.  I like how it motivates students to do their best, because the future is in their hands.

4.  Please share something special you plan to do with your class this week in honor of Dr. Seuss.

I have many plans for this week (if we ever go back due to the weather).  I hope to make Oobleck with my students.  I am able to incorporate so much with this - measurement, science, reading.

Read Across America Week Linky

I am also linking up with "Primary Chalkboard" for her Read Across America Linky party. 
 

Favorite Children's Author and Books

Max Lucado

 You Are Special (Max Lucado's Wemmicks): Max Lucado

I love all the life lessons that Max Lucado teaches in his books.  Kids love his stories, and I am able to teach a lesson out of every one of them.  I use his books a lot when I am having problems with behavior in class especially treating others the same, picking on others, etc.

Dr. Seuss





Oh, the Places You'll Go.jpg

Dr. Seuss is great for 1st graders!  I love that they also teach lessons.

Some of my other favorite authors are Laura Numeroff, Beverly Cleary, and Patricia Polacco!

I hope you have an awesome week!

Elizabeth

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Currently

I am linking up with Farley over at "Oh' Boy 4th Grade" for her March Currently.


Listening - I am listening to the Saturday Lifetime movie.  This has become a tradition the past few weeks at my house.  My husband actually enjoys watching them, too.  (Shhh, don't tell him I told you.)

Loving - I love how much I have gotten done today.  I planned my meals for the entire month, went grocery shopping for the entire month, went to the Flea Market, visited with my parents, ran almost 2 miles, visited my friends in their new home, and sat down with the hubby to discuss house plans.  (We are meeting with the contractor tomorrow....oh my!)

Thinking - I still have so much to do.  We are celebrating Read Across America Day on Monday, and I have cheer clinic and tryouts this coming up week.  I am no where near ready!

Wanting - I wish I could just snap my fingers and everything would be done.  Then, I would have more time for family and friends.

Needing - More time!  Do you see a trend here?  Haha

????? - What do you think the question is?

I hope you have a marvelous month!

Elizabeth

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Meet the Teacher Monday - Have You Ever?

I am linking up again with Trina at The Ordinary to Extraordinary Classroom for her "Meet the Teacher Monday" linky party. 



Meet The Teacher Monday: Have You Ever?

1. Have you ever been on TV? 

No, I have never been on TV.  Maybe some day! :)

2. Have you ever been trapped in an elevator? 


Yes! When I was in high school, I went on a trip with my church youth group.  We got on an elevator in a hotel to go up to our rooms.  The guys decided to pile up on the elevator with the girls.  Right when the elevator started going, they all jumped at the same time which cause the elevator to stop.  There we were stuck on a FULL elevator with some stinky boys.  The hotel was able to open the door and we could see people, but we weren't able to get off for awhile.  Let's just say it was not fun but a definite memory.

3. Have you ever made anyone cry? 


I am a teacher.  Of course, I have made a student cry before.  I don't strive to make students cry, but sometimes it happens. :(

4. Have you ever walked into a window because it was just that clean? 

No I don't think so, but I did watch a woman walk straight into a window before going into a truck stop.  I have to admit it was hilarious, and the woman left a face print on the window.

5. Have you ever fainted in public? 


Sadly, yes.  I have a history of seizures from when I was a child.  Now, I don't have seizures, but I pass out easily due to lots of different things such as high pitches, altitude changes, etc.  I can tell when it is going to happen so I am able to warn someone.  I have fainted at Six Flags, in Germany at a castle, in Honduras in a school, and the list could go on and on. 

6. Have you ever gone to a restaurant and ate, only to realize you didn't have any money? 

No! I would be so embarrassed if this happened.  

7. Have you ever gone to greet a family member or friend and then noticed it was someone else?

I am sure I have, but I can't think of a funny story to tell.

Now it's your turn to join in on the fun!

Elizabeth