sábado, mayo 06, 2006


i must be stark raving mad

we've had some pretty serious storms this last week. one damp morning, several of my students noticed a frog along the walkway to our classroom. on the back of another frog. they were oohing and aahing and in spite of the humping i knew it was something all my kids would be interested in. so i yelled at the line of kids in front of my door and told them to come over. they gathered around to look at these two friendly froggies and the earthworms around them. hot dad was just dropping his kid off and wandered over to see what all the fuss was about. he looked at the frogs, then looked at me with a smirk. "hey, they like frogs!" i said in mock defense. "and there's TWO of them!"

i have no game.

sadly, this year is ending on a depressing note. one of my boys was in a bad car accident that left his grandmother bed-ridden and badly bruised his forehead and hand. another student's parents' custody war escalated when dad physically abused his estranged wife in public, landing himself in jail and resulting in her rushing a restraining order that forbids his presence in the 1st grade hallway. one of my biggest "project kids" who has made a complete 180 in behavior and work ethic is moving next year. i'm losing my babies. and their lives seem much too difficult for their age. three more weeks.

miércoles, mayo 03, 2006


out of the mouths of babes, #432,168

yesterday my kids were at the playground when i noticed a group of students sitting in a circle by the swings. two girls were doing all the talking and one was waving a branch. i walked up to check it out and they informed me that they were playing school: Girl #1 was La Maestra, Girl With The Branch was my university mentor, and the rest of the kids were students. To demonstrate, Girl #1 turned to GWTB and ordered, "Go make some copies! And make me a sandwich!"

To know my kids is to love them. Whenever they say they're bored, I tell them to make me a sandwich. Hasn't happened yet (I actually have a fridge in my room and if they TRULY applied themselves, they could make quite a tasty little sandwich in a matter of minutes) but clearly I've beaten the idea into their heads.

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