Monthly Archives: February 2012

Baseball anyone?

Here are a few delightful kid quotes to shift my blogosphere mood after my previous post… Re: Jackie Robinson  “I like baseball.  He want all black people to play baseball.  Now all black people play baseball.” Re: Barack Obama “Barack … Continue reading

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Anxiety

When I feel anxious, I feel it in my stomach and in my chest.  Everything feels tight and uncomfortable.  There’s a constant lump in my throat.  I become irritable. That’s unfortunately how I’m feeling this weekend.  There is a student … Continue reading

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We deserve choice time!

Lately, we’ve been reading biographies of activists: Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Faith Ringgold, Barack Obama, and others.  In each case, we’ve noticed that the activists believe in something, and they stand up for what they believe in.  We’ve … Continue reading

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Puddle

We take whole-class bathroom breaks.  They are awful.  For me AND for my students.  I mean, really, who would enjoy standing in silent lines for 10 minutes while everyone in the class takes a turn going to the bathroom?  Who … Continue reading

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Honesty

I’ve had a lot of struggles with one girl in my class; I’ll call her Mo.  In her best moments, Mo is feisty, quick-witted, and caring.  In her less shining moments, she is too loud, too rude, too dramatic.  Several … Continue reading

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Dumbhead

It’s amazing how much it can hurt to be called a dumbhead repeatedly by a 7-year-old. Dumbhead.  Dumbhead.  Dumbhead.  I don’t care.  You’re ugly.  I hate you.  Shut up. I want so badly in this moment to be able to … Continue reading

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Not Standard

Here’s a story problem photocopied out of a children’s math workbook.  In case you can’t read it, it says, “Make pictures of: a cow, a lion, a goat, an owl.” Below these instructions, the problem asks, “Which one doesn’t belong? … Continue reading

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