Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Picture A Student Drew

Need I say more than the title?

I asked the student that drew it about the picture after she showed it to me... apparently it should be very obvious as to what is happening in it: the cats are at a disco party and Paul is outside in a money/wind machine trying to collect all those bills whilst wearing a crop top (because apparently it's what he requested to be wearing in the picture). I don't recall what the student said about the other 2 pets outside in the black box.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Day All the Lockers Were a Buzzing

Last Wednesday in the province where I reside we had our "Alert Ready" test... basically a message sent to all cell phones that we would get in case of an emergency.  We were scheduled to all get ours at 1:55 pm which meant afternoon classes would still be in session.

At my school students aren't supposed to carry their cell phones on them... they are to remain in their lockers at all times (unless it's lunch) so some teachers were using this as an opportunity to listen for what students were carrying their cell phones on them.

At the start of afternoon classes the principal made an announcement as to what would be happening and that we didn't need to worry about all these cell phones going off... she also mentioned that we would hear a lot of those cell phones from lockers.

It just so happened that I was on my prep this day at 1:55pm... when all of a sudden I heard a buzzing sound coming from the hallway.  I was confused for about 15 seconds and then looked at the clock. 

I never heard if any teachers were successful at figuring out which students were not leaving their phones in their lockers but I do know that neither I nor my husband received this fake emergency alert (although, my cell phone was turned off - because I don't see the need for keeping it on all day when I'm not going to be using it).  But what I can say is that a lot of students at the middle school where I work did get the alert.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

This Week At School

Another week in Mrs. B's grade 7 ELA class...

We had our first TUSC meeting.  When the chairperson asked who wasn't prepared about 5 people stood up.  Honestly, I was expecting more and a couple of them really apologized to me in private about it so I'll take it.  If this coming week we could only have about 2 people stand up that would be wonderful.

We watched a video about Harriet Tubman and almost got through it all.  I think we have about 10 or 15 minutes left.  The nice thing about this video is that despite it being in black and white and hard to follow the kids actually sat quietly today to watch it!.. I mean I even left the room a couple of times to check on students that couldn't sit quietly in the room.  So that's a success!

We are past the halfway point in Underground to Canada.  I'm really hoping that by the end of this next week we will maybe have a couple of chapters left.

In the other classes I help out in we played some battleship to help with coordinate pairs.  That brought back some fond memories of when I taught grade 5/6 and my students loved making coordinate pairs pictures at the end of the year. 

Anyways, the teacher had printed off some blank battleship pages and stuck them inside these dry erase folder type things which works WAY BETTER than just using a page protector.

Other than that I guess I just survived another week teaching middle school!

Oh, and the Jets won the series against Nashville so I finally got myself a white Jets shirt so I can be ready for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's whiteout at school.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Presents for Mom

We were discussing what we would buy our mom's if we could get her anything in an elementary class I was in the other day and here were a few of the responses...

-  There were a lot that would buy vacuums... specifically robotic ones which I guess helps free up some of mom's time.
-  Various kinds of baking
-  Flowers

Then one little girl pipes up saying she would buy her mom a Barbie.  It was the cutest thing... I guess she wanted her mom to play Barbies with her and wanted her mom to have her very own Barbie.  Sweet.
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