"I think I’m going to cut my hair reeeeally short and start dressing so no one can tell if I’m a boy or girl. I’ll be super nice to everyone, and they’ll all like me. THEN at Valentine’s everyone will bring me a nice card with LOTS of candy! I’ll have so much candy I won’t even know what to do with it! Wouldn’t that be great?!"
If a student doesn’t complete their homework on time in my classroom, they get a form that lists their missing work. They must complete the work, write out why they didn’t do their work, and why it’s important to do it on time or contact the teacher beforehand. The student then signs it as well as a parent or guardian.
Here’s the latest thoughts from a student who seems to be having major issues turning anything in…
“It is important to complete our work and turn it in because if we don’t we will get this form and have our parents sign it. Then we will die….”
Here’s that funny story to go along with yesterday’s post about what teachers may do outside of school.
Once Upon a Time, there was a beautiful young teacher named [insert whatever first name you like here] At. Miss At loved to teach kids, until one day she got the worst class in the school.
On the first day only the words of warnings from other teachers went through her mind. They made a teacher retire early! They draw on the walls, desks, and eachother! They take April Fools Day to a whole other level!
The first bell rings and the class comes in. They look normal to her, but they won’t shut up! For days this goes on with them talking and not listening. “It’s like they are sucking the life out of me!” says Miss At.
Poor Miss At. Every day seemed more and more hopeless. The only person who could help her was her boyfriend [Joserisms]. She was at peace when she was with him. It was like all her worries and troubles were washed away. She tells him all thats going on with work. He promises to help her. So to get her mind off of work, he tells her to take a personal day on Monday so they could go to the beach.
On Tuesday when Miss At returns she is full of happiness! She feels that nothing can bring her down! Then one of the teachers tell her that her substitute left the school screaming, “Demons! Demons!”
The happiness of being with her boyfriend [Joserisms] and thought that this was all a bad dream left her. Once again she had to be with her class, now known as demons.
Miss At was at her breaking point. Thinking that she was going to die getting her life sucked out of her by demons. She began writing her will.
Knock knock went the door, and in comes [Joserisms]! Wielding a sword in hand, he sliced down the demons that were coming at him! “Stop sucking the life out of my wife!” he shouted. He picked up Miss At and carried her to the car.
When they got in [Joserisms] started blushing and properly proposed to Miss At. Of course she said yes, and together they drove off into the sunset. They lived happily every after.
I had my class do a short write up about what they think teachers do outside of school. They could write it in a story format, bulleted list, about a particular teacher, whatever. Here are some of their responses:
They might have a teachers club that all the teachers go to and talk about their students, but probably not.
When [Mrs. V.] got home, she changed into some comfy pants. Then she went on her blog to talk about the day to her friends on tumblr. For dinner, she and her husband had Panda Express and watched a movie.
After Mrs. V is done shopping and grading, she goes to the spa and takes a mud bath. After all of that, she goes home and rests for the next day.
Teachers may go home and try to rip all their hair out…at least if they have my class.
There’s a complete story from this assignment that I will be sharing soon!
Have any of you played this with your students? It’s SO much fun and they love it! You can take vocabulary or spelling words, and assign one to each student. They need to come up with a picture that represents that word, as well as a motion (nothing spoken, just a motion). Then you call up each student to show their word, and the rest of the class tries to guess that word. It’s great to use these motions when you’re reviewing the words too. The students really remember!
We played this past Friday for the first time this school year. I modeled by showing them “intrude.” I drew a picture of a robber in a house and my motion was me bursting through a “door.”
Immediately and without any hesitation whatsoever, a student said…
Hey Miss At, I love seeing what your students (& Lashonda) get up to on your blog. I bet this year will be as great, or even better than your previous years of teaching. :) I'm going into grade 9 in a little more than a week! I don't really know what to expect, and from your blog I see you've already started school in America (Hi from Canada!). Any advice for starting high school?
Well hello to Canada! :]
My biggest bit of advice is to stay organized! Keep your notebooks clear and labeled, and having a daily planner is SUPER helpful. When you’re constantly switching classes and have so many different teachers, it’s hard to keep things straight. Finding a strategy at the beginning of the year is the best way to keep up good habits for the longterm.
Also, don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers. They are there to help you and want to see you succeed in their classes. They won’t think you’re dumb or a bad student if you ask for help.
Make a lot of friends! But if someone doesn’t treat you well or expects you to be someone you’re not, it’s really not worth being friends with them. In ten years you’ll look back and realize that a lot of the time the people you believed you’d be friends with for life are no longer around, and those you least expected are the ones still standing by your side.
Best of luck in starting a new school year! Hope this year is fantastic :]