Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cartwheels

I may or may not have done cartwheels all the way down the hallway today.

Apparently way back at the beginning of the school year (when I was desperate, I'm sure) I made the bold statement that I would do cartwheels all the way down the hallway if all of my kids had a level 1 day. (Levels are part of our behavior program and level 1 is the best) And yes, I'm fully aware that rewards for an entire group of students is really a bad idea, but our kids get lots of positive rewards for individual behavior and I was really hopeful that something so off the wall would really encourage them to encourage others to make good choices. Either that, or, I was losing my mind and I was really desperate.

Either way.. today, we all earned level 1's and I did cartwheels all.the.way.down.the.hallway. We're talking about 50 yards. That's a lot of cartwheels.

My kids watched. My principals watched. Everyone cheered. It was awesome.

Except when I thought I was going to puke when it was all done because I was dizzy as a .. well.. whatever is something that is super dizzy.

But, I'd do it all over again to see their faces. I really am proud of those little kiddos. We've come a long way together and I'm glad we were able to celebrate. Wonder how many parents are rolling their eyes thinking, "No way your teacher did cartwheels down the hallway."! Ha!

4 comments:

Jamie said...

Awww how fun! I can only imagine how much the kids loved that!

Tickled Pink said...

Love it! Im sure the kids will never forget this! :)

Kristi said...

You are the best freakin' teacher on the face of the planet. FAB.

YIF said...

I'm an education advisor in the UK (I'm guessing you're in the US because you said 'math' and not 'maths') and I say - go cartwheels! I hope you don't mind if I use this anecdote on courses I run.