Smiles, Chuckles, Etc.

Student bursts into the room, “I’m hot like a lightbulb!”

Other students cheer, “Simile! Simile!”

“Miss M, in case my hair gets too poofy today, I brought an emergency headband.”

A student on the way to class in the morning stopped me for a quick hug and to let me know she loves all the teachers at her school. That made my morning.

For the Hour of Code last week, I did assemblies with all the grade levels to introduce them to Scratch. One of the 2nd graders I’ve been working with was inspired to start his own Scratch account. He has been busy! I couldn’t believe how many projects he put online over the weekend. He even found my little animation and remixed it. I love it!

I put a story idea starter on the board quite randomly one day. I wrote…

 I wiped the blood from my knees and stood up.

One of my students took the idea and created an exciting story starter. It’s amazing…

 I was left in eerie silence as I wiped the red, oozing blood from my knees and stood up like a brave soldier. This wasn’t just a little fight. This was war.

I don’t know about you, but I want to hear the rest of this story.

We celebrated multicultural holidays during the last week of school before winter break. I struggled with thinking of something to do. Of course, while I should have been concentrating on my driving, I came up with a perfect idea that I could put together quickly. I remembered that when I visited Japan during the winter holidays with my grandmother many years ago, everyone sent New Year’s Cards rather than Christmas Cards. I made a postcard template featuring a horse (2014 is the year of the horse) for my students, showed them how to write Happy New Year in Japanese, and let them create the cards for anyone special to them. My grandmother would be so proud of how hard the kids worked on their Japanese writing and pronouncing Shinnen Omedetou Gozaimasu.


These are Thursday socks…


About misslittleowl

A teacher writing about local happenings, school adventures, intriguing books, desert gardening, and whatever else she stumbles upon that needs sharing.
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