Thursday, December 8, 2011

Random Ramblings

Thanks to those of you who commented on my last post!  I really appreciate your support :)

Here's what's on my mind today.

1.  There are only 6 more days until Christmas Break.  I think I can, I think I can!

2.  In my 4 years of teaching, this is the first year I've done a holiday related activity.  Does that make me a total grinch?  I love the holidays, don't get me wrong, but I just never feel like there is time with all of the insane standards we have to fit in.  That is, until I saw this on Pinterest:

So, what we did is incorporated Math & Science into this.  We've been talking about pitch and how different length strings or bars will produce a higher or lower pitch.  When I first gave them their bars, I told them to arrange them by pitch.  Then, I had them center it so it would look more like a tree.  They glued it down and then measured them.  They loved it and got to decorate it and I don't feel like a grinch anymore.  They've gotten lots of compliments on our hall :)  Here are a few of my kiddos:

3.  This is another activity we did for science.  They also have to know how thickness will affect pitch.  I normally keep small papers in this holder, so I took them out, and added different sized rubber bands and we plucked away.  SUPER easy.

I should point out that the plastic was not bent from the rubber bands, but was designed that way :)

4.  My kids crack me up.  The other day, we were reading about the year 1982 and while I was writing on the board, the group I was working with was debating whether or not you would be alive if you were born in 1982.  The consensus:  NO.  I told them I was born in 1986 and their jaws literally dropped.  I asked them if I only had about 4 years left to live and they emphatically agreed.

5.  I found this note in my tattle box today.  It made me smile, mainly because this kid is so sweet, and I love how he refers to the kid as a number!

This is a note I found earlier in the week.  I think he meant drama queen...what do you think?

Yes, I said he.  A boy wrote this.

6.  Okay, I have to know...what is your lunchtime like?  I know a lot of you have assistants or aides or watchers or whatever.  Do you have to eat with your kids?  I do, which I don't mind.  However, they recently moved our microwaves out of the cafeteria and into the workroom.  So, in order to eat, I have to go to the workroom to heat up my food.  So, this is what 3B does:  My kids sit down (once everyone is at the table...we have to wait for our family to eat!) and I remind them that my class monitor (a job one of my kiddos has) is watching them and if they talk, they don't get a raffle ticket.  Oh My'd think I was giving away gold!  They are evidently very well behaved when I'm gone.  I've gotten compliments from other adults the past two days on them.  The other 3rd grade teacher tried to ask them if the tacos were good and she said they wouldn't even talk to her!  So, I'm just curious what your lunch situation is.  If you have it off from your kids, I'm extremely pretty jealous.

7.  That is all.  I am REALLY going to regret staying up this late tomorrow (and it's only 8:30).

Happy Friday!



Ms. Chrissy B said...

I hate to tell you, but yes, we do. Texas unions don't have a lot of power, but they secured us a duty-free 30 minute lunch. Supposedly. If you are self loathing enough to assign lunch detention, you get to have lunch company, and by the time you drop off the kids at the cafeteria and heat up your lunch and go back to the classroom where I invariably eat, it's only, like, 15 or 20 minutes, but for those minutes you can talk about whatever you want lol. I'm sorry!!

Mrs. S. said...

We have "duty-free" lunch if you can call it that. We must eat in the cafeteria, but are allowed to eat at the "teachers' table." For a while we left the cafeteria, but our former principal required us to eat in the cafeteria. I rather enjoy sitting with my students at the beginning of the year to get to know them. After a while, I move to the teacher table each year because we have "team meetings" at the lunch table quite often. :( It's necessary, though, with everything else we must do. :/


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