Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Oh Boy..

Just overheard:
Lil Smarty Pants: Ms. L, I have something to say but it's not kind. But it is helpful.
Me: Hmm.. not kind, but helpful? Why don't you whisper it to me?
Lil' Smarty Pants: (stage whisper) Lil Miss Diva's breath smells like she didn't brush her teeth. That's the not kind part. But you should brush your teeth everyday so you don't get cavaties. That's the helpful part.
Me: Lil' Miss Diva, is this true? You didn't brush your teeth?
Lil' Miss Diva: (proudly) Nope! I don't ever brush my teeth! NEVER, ever, ever! I'm going to hold the world record for never brushing my teeth!
Me: Oh my.
A few minutes later...
Lil Man: Ms. L!!!!!!!
Me: Yes, Lil Man?
Lil Man: Lil Smarty Pants just had his hands in his privacy area!
Me: Lil Smarty Pants, we don't touch our privates at school.
Lil Smarty Pants: First of all, yes we do. When you go to the bathroom, you have to touch your privates or you'll pee on the floor. And second of all, I was just re-arranging. There's not enough space in there.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Um.. "The Bachelorette" starts tomorrow.

Need I say more??

And, after tomorrow is over? Only 3 more Mondays left in the school year. Amazing. I'm dealing with lots of school drama on a daily basis so the "Sunday Night Blues" are REALLY bad these days. If you're a teacher, you know what I mean about those Sunday Night Blues. Where everyone around you comments on how you're suddenly quieter, or you seem on edge. And it's all because you don't want to go back to school on Monday. Add in a splash of an anxiety disorder and Sunday nights can be torture.

But then I remember... 15 days left of school until Summer. I CAN do this!

Friday, May 21, 2010


Hello Friday, I've missed you. I secretly love you, a lot. I love you almost as much as I love Saturday.
Thanks for arriving again this week just.in.time. (before I blew my brains out..)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

That Didn't Go As Planned...

Convos with  kiddos:
Little Dude: hits me in the stomach (in a mean, but playful way)
Me: Little Dude, we don't use our hands in this classroom.
Friend: Yeah! You hit her tummy.
Me: What if I had a baby in there? Or what if I was really sick and your hands on my belly made me throw up?
Little Dude: OBVIOUSLY there isn't a baby in there. You don't even have a husband!
Ugh, yeah.. because that's how it always happens, Little Dude. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. They get married. Then they have kids.
Me: Can someone please tell me why there is so much talking while I'm trying to teach?
Lil Miss Diva: (raises hand, waves it in the air) Because nobody is listening to you!
Big Little Man: Ms. L. Will you always love me? I mean always? Even if I...
Me: Big Little Man, I will always love you. I may not love the choices you make, but I'll always love you.
Big Little Man: Even if I poop my pants?
Me: Even if you poop your pants. I know it would be an accident.
Big Little Man: Good. Because I just did.
Me: Seriously? Ugh.
Me: I do still love you. I just don't like poop.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Math IS Fun!

Had a great math lesson today with the kiddos. They loved it so much that I heard at least two kids say, "Man... I hate that math is over!"

We worked in partners (always a struggle with students with emotional impairments, they don't work well with others) and really were able to use math language to talk about what we were doing. I was SO proud of them for working so hard.

It's too bad I have to teach other subjects. I really DO love math.

Weird Happenings...

Just received an email for a reptile show that is free for educators in the greater Baltimore area. If you would have asked me a year ago if I would even think twice about this creepy, crawly event I would have smacked you across the face and told you where to go.
Now? Hanging out with all of these boys who love reptiles and anything creepy and crawly has made me actually think about going. It's free. It's educational. And I'd be the coolest teacher in the world if I came back Monday morning and told all my little guys about holding a tarantula or letting a snake crawl on me.
Then I remembered that I have some extreme anxiety... I don't like going new places alone, I'm terrified of anything creepy and or crawly, I don't like large crowds of people, I can't seem to function if I don't know where the nearest emergency exit is, and the list goes on.
So perhaps I'll sit this one out. It's the thought that counts, right?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Two Things...

There are two life tasks that I cannot stand doing.

1) pumping gas
2) grocery shopping-- well, not the shopping part but the grocery store part of it. I love shopping I just can't stand the grocery store. That's why I'm thinking of starting to shop at our Super Target. I love Tar-Jay but not so much the buying groceries. Except, I'm afraid I would end up trying to reward myself for grocery shopping and I'd end up spending more and that wouldn't really help me out.

I've done both of them today.

At least I did both of them on the same day, that way it's not two days of dreaded tasks. Just one. Just one that has double the dread.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Say what?

I'm feeling a wee bit overwhelmed right now, so I'm thinking bullets are totally appropriate.

  • I was asked to be a guest blogger over at Seasoned with Words!! I'm totally excited and feel so honored that she asked me. I'm also feeling a bit anxious... what if her readers don't want to read what I have to say? What if I'm not nearly as witty as I usually am? Eeks!
  • My eye doctor was wearing a Three Stooges tie. Seriously, who can take a man seriously when he's wearing Larry, Moe, and Curly on his tie? I about choked when I saw him walk in.
  • I'm a little worried about Mother's Day coming up. It will be my mom's first Mother's Day without her mother and I won't be there. I can't imagine a Mother's Day without my mom, so I can't begin to understand how sad this day will be for her.
  • I've been feeling a little under the weather lately, so my abs are really sore from coughing. Who knew coughing could be such a workout?
  • I'm trying to be a better teacher and using some other strategies with my kids. They are LOVING the alternative assessments and our open conversations about text. I thought they might be bored hearing eachother talk, but it turns out.. they are learning more while I'm talking less! I love hearing their thinking.
  • One of my struggling readers came up to me today and said, "Ms. L, I don't think I need your help reading today. I know how to read now." What an awesome feeling. He continues to need intensive interventions for reading, but to hear his confidence made my heart smile.
  • A kid called me out for faking it today when I told him that I loved it when he frowned at me. He replied, "You're faking it! You don't love it!" and one of the other students said, "Ms. L doesn't lie and she would never fake it!" Bahahaha! They have no idea that I fake it quite often. But they'll never know!