Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
In Pre-K land, I had a little boy who was a regular visitor to the potty right after nap. Like clockwork. I even knew that I'd let nap run a little late if my sweet bathroom buddy woke up to go.
Usually he just went in and came out and all was done in a matter of minutes.
One day he goes in....and I wait....and wait....and let the others who need to "go" use the poty next door... and wait....and wait... I didn't want to interrupt... I knew he was ok from the one-sided conversation that was going on.
At the 10 minute mark I decided that enough is enough.
"Sweet Love? How ya doin in there?"
"Well, tell me what's wrong...."
"Um... Miss G? Mybuttwon'tletmypoopcomeout."
"My BUTT... won't LET... my POOOOOOOP.... come OUT."
"Well... can you tell you butt you'll just try again later?"
"Yeah... that works."
SO glad we can all get along.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
My darling Spenny was a frequent recipient of mean face. Spenny wasn't a bad kid - but mean face was just super effective on him. It would stop him in his tracks, he'd literally drop what he was working on, and get a scared-puppy-in-the-headlights look.
One day, I'd say in March or so, after receiving more mean faces that I could ever begin to count, I noticed that sweet Spenny wasn't so responsive.
Time to get out mean voice!
I squat down, balance, make eye contact, and as I'm trying to maintain mean face and choose my words carefully, I notice Spen looking deep into my face.
He looks concerned. He looks worried.
GOOD! This will be short and sweet. (Mind you, NOTHING is ever short and sweet in Pre-K land!)
I open my mouth to ask Spen if he'd like to share something with me and before I get a single syllable - before I even can take a breath - he puts his sweet, almost-five-hand on my cheek and says in the most sincere voice I've ever heard:
"Miss G? Are your eyes broken? Did I break your eyes?"
Oh, out of the mouths of babies. I switched from the mean eyes to the mean-eyebrows after that day!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Back in college I tutored (actually, all of the site’s contributors did!) for a program helping struggling readers and English Language Learners. One of the precious little boys was in second grade and had only been in the US for six weeks when we met.
During some our first tutoring sessions we spent a lot of time going over the English alphabet and the sounds the letter make (the letter “sound” is written as the letter in “slashes”… i.e. J says /j/) .
A says /a/...apple, around, astronaut. B says /b/… bear, butter (montequilla!? … yes… montequilla!), bunny… and on through the alphabet.
About the second or third time through with me modeling the sounds I asked my sweet friend to think of words he had learned and say them when we got to the right letter. I would say one first and then he would say his. A, /a/, apple… alphabet (YAY!). B, /b/, baby… book (hurrah!)… we got to H… /h/ is a tricky sound to “get” for a Spanish speaker learning English (at least in my experience it is!).
I said H, /h/… homework. A long pause, an uncomfortable look, and just as I am about to suggest a word and move, on my creative tutee gets a sly look and a huge grin and says at the top of his lungs, “H! /h/! JALAPENO!!!!” Oh my, did we have a laugh at that. He KNEW that jalapeno didn’t start with H but he sure did get that it started with the same sound that H makes!
I can never go to type or write “jalapeno” without first writing out Halapeno.
Loving every moment,
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Looks like we'll be starting the year off with a big refresher course in the rules of the classroom! And as an aside, let me just say that they grow soooo much over the summer! My goodness! Before I know it my elementary kiddos are going to be bigger than me! Let another year of excitement begin...
Staff Development, Day Uno
Principal: "Let's go around the room and introduce ourselves! Tell me who your are, how long you've been here teaching, and something wonderful you did this summer!
Chemissy: "Hi! I'm Chimissy. This is my third year teaching. I graduated from our wonderful high school and made my way onto Texas A&M (whoop inserted here) where I graduated from in the fall of 2005. This summer after I taught summer school I got to see my best friend from college marry a guy with my last name. So now, there's two of us - the only difference is that she has a husband....and I have a cat.
Everyone around the room: "Awwww....hahahahaha. You're better off with a cat!"