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Friday, September 12, 2014

Punctu-what?

Here are all the ways my students spelled the word "punctuation" today:


pacshoeation
punchowachin
puncsation
pucwachin
punkuation

My personal favorite:
punkshuwayshin

puncuoation
punciwashan
puntion
pucuatoin
puchaion
puchiton
puniton

And finally...
punqwayshon

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, just about sums up my teaching. I better get crackin'. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Seems About Right

As we do every year, we are using Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree to introduce the Depth and Complexity Icons we will use throughout the year. One icon is Unanswered Questions. For example:


Why did the tree call him "boy" when he was actually a man? 
Did the boy still love the tree when he got older? 
If I were the tree, would I have given so much to the boy? 

Students discuss their thoughts on each. It makes for interesting discussions, as students have to justify their positions on each question. 

And here is my favorite. I received it via email from a student. 

Question: Why was the boy so rude to the tree?
Answer: The boy was rude because he was older and his brain was older too so it can't think too much. 

Well, that explains a lot about me. Now I know it's all my old brain's fault. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Two Hands Too Many

School started!!!!!!


Our new bunch seems like they are going to be a lot of fun. 

Well, 99% fun. 

Here's the other 1%:

One of the girls hugged me goodbye today. 

And grabbed my butt with both hands. 

That was weird. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sweet Life

At the end of each day, I choose one student to receive a red licorice. The name is kept secret and only revealed if the child packs up silently and gets in line without a peep. Since it could be anyone, they all line up quietly in the hopes they are the one. 


After handing out the licorice today, a kid said: 

"Why is it called licorice? You don't lick them. They should be cheworice. Ice cream cones should be called licorice."

Good point, young man. Good point.