Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spring Break

Today marks the first day of Spring Break. Today marks the first day I don't have to be at school for 9 whole days. I can do anything I want.

My sister and I are going on a road trip next week. Where are we going?

Oh, you know, wherever we feel like when we begin driving.

Am I exited to do something completely without planning?

Oh, heck yes.

Well we end up with some sort of plan before going?

Well, yes. We're going to end up at a dinosaur museum and probably make our way to a museum in a cave. But other than that we can do whatever we want and I don't have to think about school (even though I probably will). And really, I think that's what Spring Break is all about.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Teaching is Fun

Teaching is fun because sometimes you get gems like:

Student: *sees paint on the wall that had not been there the hour previously*
Student: *touches paint*
Student, in horror: It's wet!


And who could forget:

For reasons too lengthy to mention here, Sir Talks-a-lot is not allowed to have scissors in my class. Are scissors his favorite tool? Yes. Does he find all the ways to get scissors? Yes. Did he have a pair in class today? Yes. Did I take them away? Yes.

Did he have a pair? Yes.
Did I take them away from him? Yes.

Did he have scissors? Again, Yes.
Did I take them away from him? Oh, absolutely.

At this point did I realize he'd stuffed his pockets with scissors? Yes. Nine of them. In one pocket.

Did I take all of them? Yes. It was like the never-ending pocketful of scissors.



And sometimes when you walk in the hall you hear classics like:

Student: Well you can tell by the way I use my walk I'm a cheeseball man, no time to talk.



And SOMETIMES you greatly exaggerate your horse voice to a whisper so you get:

1. A perfect novels class because they want to hear every word you say.
2. A not as perfect homeroom class (because you're giving them a surprise April Fool's Day spelling test with only 6 real words) but students who are trying really hard to get the other students to listen so they can hear me.
3. A surprise April Fool's Day spelling test that every time you're tempted to laugh because their reactions to words like Kpfluterwageeen are just too hilarious, you cough instead and that's all the convincing they need that you are really sick and have to give them this test.


Sigh.

Teaching is fun.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mean Miss Kelsch

Today I gave my students a consequence for their behavior yesterday. They had to write apology letters to the to teachers whose classes they disrupted and to themselves. In the letters they apologized for behavior, not emotions.

After that I decided I was no longer angry at them and I'd forgive their mistakes.  I was going to be cheerful the rest of the day and we'd just have fun and learn.

This lasted until the last hour of the day when some of them decided they were not going to listen to me anymore. So I became Mean Miss Kelsch.

As stated in an earlier post: I do not like Mean Miss Kelsch. I do not enjoy being Mean Miss Kelsch. I do not enjoy raising my voice or giving ultimatums.

I also do not enjoy teaching mean students.

I enjoy being Nice Miss Kelsch. I like Nice Miss Kelsch. I like to have fun with my students and learn.

I enjoy teaching nice students.

I enjoy having a classroom where everyone's rights are upheld and it is a safe learning environment. So tomorrow we are going to have a conversation about that. We'll practice being aware of others and ourselves. We'll talk about the good things that my students have done and do. We'll talk about the ways I've seen them excell. We'll talk about how kind they've been this year and how much they've learned about themselves.

And maybe, just maybe, they'll strive to be their bests.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Power Out

Today was a rough day.

Today every student's dream came true.

The power went out and school was cancelled.

We still had to stay there for another hour and a half to count it as a full day of teaching, but the students left at 11:55.

Tomorrow they have to come back.

Tomorrow we will talk about behavior when situations are changed. And why we don't cheer for a full minute so loudly the other classes are disrupted while an announcement is happening.

Tomorrow they will be back. The power won't go off and they'll have to pay attention.

Tomorrow might be rough.

But it might not be.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Quote

Short post.
Quote from a student.

"Do we have yawn shots? All these yawns are bugging me."

Monday, March 26, 2018

Two Thoughts

Two thoughts from today:

It snowed in and off this morning, but by lunchtime all the snow had melted. I thought my students would be happy about the snow because I always was as a kid. However, they were not as excited as I.

Today I decided to do something I should have done at the beginning of the year: edit and comment on each of my students' essays. I mean, it also would have helped to use the graphic organizer at the beginning of the year.

The graphic organizer was one I made last year. When I gave it to my students this year they could suddenly write a 5 paragraph essay in shorter than the allotted time.

I said to them, "Did that make writing an essay easier?"

They responded with a resounding, "Yes!"

So I guess I need to start with that next year and hopefully they'll be better writers by the time SAGE gets here.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Thoughts from Today

I wanted to know how to reach the students in my Sunday School class.

In a week from tomorrow I have Spring Break.

Tomorrow is Monday and I have to teach.

What do I write my blog about?

Did my lesson go well?

Did anyone listen?

I thought that my blood sugar was low, but eating sugar did not help.

I want a lettuce. Who ever just wants lettuce?

Winter stormed back in again.

Could there be a snow day after our snow make up day last week?

I'm going to go on an impromptu road trip during Spring Break. I just have to find someone to go with me.

Why do I have another headache?

Can my brother-in-law fix my work computer?

Should I think more about my students during the weekend?