Monday, May 11, 2015

Google: Lord and Master Turned Enemy

I've always been a fan of Google and the right to access infinite knowledge. However, when an innocent College and Career Week activity results in a student nearly calling my dad's business . . . well, then a girl has to reevaluate her self-proclaimed Google-philia.

For the first day of College and Career Week, faculty was encouraged to wear representation for their alma mater. So despite the near-80 degree weather, I donned my bright, pink Pace sweatshirt. Advisory teachers, including myself, were asked to have our students decorate our classroom doors to represent our respective schools.

It sounded perfectly reasonable and one mass email later, I had the necessary blue and gold construction paper to showcase Pace University.

The "raven croaked itself hoarse" when I asked my students to conduct online research about Pace to give them decoration ideas. An inquisitive, "Miss, how old are you?" and a mischevious, "36 or 62 or whatever age you want me to be," resulted in the following horrifyingly hilarious moments:

1. "Is this you? It's on the school website," in response to an article on the School of Education site.

2. "Oh, you write poems, Miss..." and then proceeds to regale the class with my bad art.

3. "Miss, I know how old you are! You're 23, turning 24. Or are you 24 already?"

4. "Miss, you've been to Japan?!" "What? No, but I watch Japanese shows and blog and stuff..."

5. "Miss, who's Mohamed?" " What? My dad! What are you ladies doing, anyway?!"

6. "Miss, by the end of tonight, I'm going to know everything about you," as if that's not creepy at all.

7. "Who's Arabdgshs," butchering my poor mother's name. (Digression: I celebrated Mother's Day by flooding the bathroom and I remain un-disowned. My mom is more awesome than yours!)

8. Student at phone: "Miss, I'm calling your phone!" "Lemme see the number.... T, stop, you're calling my dad's business! That's it--you all have a problem and I'm cutting you off!"

Just a typical day with my crazy, yet loveable kiddos.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Feeling Really Darn Appreciated Right About Now (Teacher Appreciation Week)

The administration and students in a Leadership elective course have been really amazing about celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week.

A red carpet was laid out from the door to where we clock in. I, of course, walked right by it and had to be called back to try again.

My principal also visited my classroom and thanked me for my service in front of the students, while gifting me with a Amazon gift card.

Free coffee coupon and a Chocolate Chip cookie for breakfast, despite my lamentations that it should have been fruit, as well as an adorable cupcakes for lunch.

Red pen in hand is accidental, but quite fitting.

Principal visited again with a bag of school branded memorabilia--water bottle, flash drive, pencil, pen, wristband, and headphones.

Break from students due to an all-day PD, involving Curriculum Mapping for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. (I cannot believe I've nearly survived Year One and am planning for Year Two.)

Absolutely love it when our entire middle/high school ELA department gets together. It's usually the best part of PD's because it's always a good time with like-minded book nerds!

Second best part--free Chipotle for lunch! I had a DIVINE chicken burrito with chips and guac. I was totally blissed out, barely able to work through unwrapping common core standards during the afternoon portion of the PD.

Principal delivered giant cupcake during first period. Why are we encouraging bad dietary habits?! It looked delicious; I forgot to take it home, but it was just as edible the next day.

Students were dismissed early for a "mandatory staff" meeting. Highly suspicious as we had a staff meeting just the day before. And apparently the School Leadership Team had pitched in to buy Happy Hour drink tickets for entire staff. I had a delicious Grilled PhillyCheese sandwich and spent evening chatting with coworkers.

If only my students would show appreciation as blatantly...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Students Say: Ego-centrism and Chill Mode

The fact that I'd had to take an Adolescent Psychology class as part of my Education degree came up in class today and one of my students was all, "so, what'd you learn about us?"

"You're all egocentric and mostly see the world from only your own perspective."

"Facts." Nods head sagaciously.

At least, she's aware of her own flaws. =)


"Miss, you're mad chill when you're in a good mood."

"I'm always in a good mood until you all frustrate me by talking. How about we aim to frustrate Miss less? And she can stay as chilly as ice."