I hate when I get behind because then I know I’m going to forget some cute little stuff forever but here’s a summary of Wednesday-Thursday-Friday.
I’m putting lipstick on when a boy comes in and asks if I need help.
Me: Umm no.
Him: Well that’s our new tradition. I’m going to ask you that every day.
Me: Wouldn’t it be weird if I actually said yes? That would be so awkward.
Him: No it wouldn’t. I’ve helped P**** and C****** put there’s on before.
Me: Still…it’s me. That’s different.
Him: No I count you as a friend. It wouldn’t be weird.
Kid brings in one of my beloved pencils that I didn’t know was missing.
Him: What do I get?
Me: I didn’t even know it was missing.
Him: Well, never doing that again.
Kid who is repeating Algebra had in school on the day we had a quiz. The teacher calls down and asks me to send the quiz. I do and at lunch it is finished in my mailbox. I skim it and notice he got everything right. Teacher tells me he finished quickly. I realize he asked for the quiz because HE ACTUALLY KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING.
We’re working on a study guide in class where the answers are posted on the back cabinet. A boy sneaks his phone to take pictures of it. Another student writes me a note telling me he did it and drops it on my desk.
The next day the answer key is missing and students start to notice and ask about it.
“Oh if you need the answers, check J****’s pocket. He took pictures of everything.”
“He better start a group chat.”
“He better start passing his phone around.”
(I don’t grade study guides and I let them use notes on tests so I don’t care at all that he did this.)
I let them stew for a bit and then tell them that I posted the key in google classroom. When they open it someone asks if these pictures were taken by J****. 😂
Later he asks a question out loud about the study guide and another kid fired back, “Why don’t you check your phone?” 😂
I like to have fun with them too.
Friday was the last day of the quarter and I was giving tests in Geometry and Algebra II- kind of hard tests too. By the way study guides we’re going, I was getting a little nervous about grading them. They did a lot better than I thought, doing well on the hard problems too. A lot of B’s when I was not sure that would be the case. I’m doing a good job!
In Algebra I, I did a much better job of teaching compound inequalities than last year and we sailed right through it.
Our elementary fall festival was this weekend and I went with my niece and nephew. I got a funnel cake and spilled powdered sugar all over me. Before I could even finish the first bite, three students had pointed this out forcefully, as if I was in some kind of danger. I told them there was no point worrying about it until I was done but they were clearly used to my personal standards and looking out for me.