Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Honest Confessions

True, I've worked very hard all year doing the best I can to give the best education to my little sweeties. But I must confess, it hasn't been perfect, and it's time to hit the confessional.

I'm linking up with Rowdy in First Grade for this fun linky party!

I'm having an evil flashback of the nuns taking us to the confessional, and feel the need to stay an act of contrition (Catholic School flashback) but I think I can get past this and have some fun.

Confession #1 - If I have a doctor's appointment, I end up taking the day off. I have some health issues, and these doctor's appointments can be draining, so it's a good idea. But I still feel a little guilty. 

Confession #2 - I think I enjoy reading aloud to the kids more than they do. I selfishly pick books I love to read. Sometimes I read to them more than once a day.

Confession #3 - I'm going to see a kid's production of Charlotte's Web this weekend, and I'm really excited about it! One of my students is playing Wilbur. I'm so excited for him, and can't wait to see it!

Confession #4 - Because of my little guy playing Wilbur, I've been reading Charlotte's Web to the class. Yes, it has great educational value, but I'm selfishly reading it because of the guy playing Wilbur.

Confession #5 - I've been known to use bribery in the classroom. The more restless the kids are, the more bribery I use. I let them put beanie babies, flags, and even plants on their desks. This week, the kids repotted impatiens for their moms for mother's day (If you're reading this, and you're a mom of one of my students... please act surprised!)

Confession #6 - I have been known to laugh at my kids, right then and there in front of them. The other day one of my little guys said, "You already told me I got it wrong when you said, let's go over this one together." I couldn't help but crack up right there. But I still made him go over it with me. 

Confession #7 - I hardly taught any of the Matter unit in Science. Honestly, with second graders? It doesn't Matter! (I was busy teaching writing, instead!) It's amazing, somehow I still find time for the Plant unit in the spring. And I still find time to squeeze in the fun holidays like Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick's Day. Plus, I take plenty of time to teach geography and American history... on the second grade level, of course!

Confession #8 - The other day, when I showed the kids how to sign into MobyMax, I really felt I was clear... I showed them with the practice student name I made up, I repeated it, I had them repeat it to a friend, yet, when the first 4 went to the computer, all 4 tried to sign in the wrong way! Ahhhhhhh!!!!! We still have 32 days left and they're totally tuned out!

Confession #9 - When other teachers are packing and letting the kids play in June, I'm still teaching. Some of my best units have come out of those last couple of weeks when the "have tos" are done, and I can review in fun ways. Yes, I'm always the last one to leave on the last day, and I always cry. I'm just a sentimental old sap, aren't I?

7 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh-#7! Me either! I'm so glad I'm not the only one!
    Rowdy in First Grade

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    1. #7 is one of my deep dark secrets! Don't tell anyone!

      Sally

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  2. The teachers surrounding me are already letting the kids play, and I look like the terribly mean teacher, still teaching "real" lessons. I only have 15.5 days to prepare my 6th graders to head to junior high. What are these kiddos going to do in that great big world? Oh... now I'm going to cry, and it's not even the last day. Ug, we still have so much to do.

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    1. One advantage to teaching the lower grades is that I get to see them around for a few more years.

      Sally

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  3. I'm with you on #9 I work my little ones right to the bitter end. Have a great end of the year :)

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    1. I love doing really fun and educational) things those last few days! Thanks!

      Sally

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  4. Love #6, sad about #7 (wish I could teach Matter to my 4th graders but it's not in my curriculum) and totally with you on #9. 22 days to go, and so much fun still to be had. 22 days to go, and so much learning still to be done. Have a fun weekend Sally.

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