When my daughter was four we told her we were having a Super Bowl party. We got snacks and drinks and my husband was watching the game. My daughter asked when the Super Bowl started and I told her it already started. She responded, "Oh great, we're going to miss it because Daddy is watching the football game!" That was 15 years ago and we still tease her about it.
A student tore into our school office. "My iPod was stolen!" she cried .I handed her a form, and she filled it out, answering everything, even those questions intended for the principal. Under "Disposition" she wrote, "I'm really ticked off."
My best friend has a set of twin boys. They are very, very smart, and were on our 4th grade academic team as 3rd graders. One of the questions during a meet was a state and capital. None of the 4th graders on either team knew the answer, but one of the twins buzzed in and got it correct. Thanks to his correct answer, our team won.
After the match, we asked him how he knew the answer, as third grade doesn't learn state and capitals. He grinned and said, "It is because I can't be quiet." He had a little "girlfriend" in his class, and they loved to talk. Finally, his teacher moved him completely across the room from her. He couldn't talk to her and none of the other kids would talk to him because they didn't want to get in trouble. When he finished his work, he would sit and study the big map of the United States on the wall beside his desk. He quickly learned all the states and capitals, and where every state is located. He said, "Well, Mom, I guess my big mouth finally paid off." :)
In kindergarten this week, we have been talking about winter. Monday, I read the kids a non-fiction book about animals in winter and introduced the kids to vocabulary like "hibernation," "migration," and "burrow."
There is a place in the book that shows a woodchuck's burrow. The kids were very interested in the tunnels, bathroom chamber, and sleeping chamber. We discussed how many burrowing animals will have more than one entrance to fool predators. After discussing the book, we did a "directed drawing" of a woodchuck's burrow. We labeled parts and then some of the kids asked if they could color the drawings.
I reminded the children that this was a "science" drawing, so accuracy in color is important. The kids decided that brown was probably going to be the predominant color, since the picture of the burrow was under a winter landscape. Some children put green on a few trees and colored the hibernating woodchuck with tan and brown colored pencils.
I walked around the room, giving feedback. I stopped short when I saw McKenna, one of my most competent students and a very good listener, using a pink crayon inside the woodchuck's sleeping chamber. She was carefully coloring the outline of the chamber.
"McKenna," I said, "what's this? Is the sleeping chamber PINK?"
Hi there! My name is YENDOR and I live in Alabama, the land of good Looking women and high humidity.
I was a traveling piano picker for about 25 years, a radio jock and then backed into teaching. I taught sixth grade one year and then fifth gradefor twenty-seven years.
My hobbies are computer, collecting old radio shows from the 30's-50's, classic OLD TV shows, Asian horror movies, reading, collecting autographs, and music. My favorite singer/songwriter is Michelle Shocked. If you don't like her you don't like me. My favorite comedian is W.C. Fields. My favorite author is Mark Twain.
I play the piano, bass guitar and drums. I sometimes wish I had done that for a living.
I have a freakish sense of humor and rarely agree with anyone on anything. I love practical jokes and only play them on people I like... which is a short list.
I retired from teaching two years ago and don't miss it a bit. People come up to me all the time and say, "What do you DO all day?" I simply tell them that I retire.
If you are ever in northern Alabama, come by and see me. If you don't drink sweet tea you will be shot at the door. If you put a lemon in it you will be beaten but not shot... the first time.