Browsing Archive: October, 2011

New teachers, clothespins, and the best idea EVAH

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Sunday, October 30, 2011,

This is my fifth year teaching. Although it still FEELS like I am, I can now say I am not new anymore. I have my own set of routines and procedures that are unique to my little room, I can run with the "big dogs" on my team (aka veteran teachers), I know what I want to keep and throw away each year, etc. BUT with that said, I still love to try new things. Even better, is the addition of a for real new teacher on our team last year. This is her second year now and she, too, has become comforta...


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Happy fall, y'all!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, October 28, 2011,

I have to say, one of my absolute favorite things about working with kids is seeing their art work. Sometimes the end of the school day consists of our team meeting in the hallway to giggle at our sweeties' artistic endeavors. I have a few to share with you today. Yesterday, we made pumkin glyphs. Each student got a leaf and then, according to what their leaf was like, that's how they drew their pumpkin. The size of their leaf determined what color they would use to draw their mouth, eyes, an...


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Sometimes it's like that...

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Thursday, October 27, 2011,

About two weeks ago I had to delete my blog page and build another due to techy stuff I wasn't quite smart enough to figure out. It made me very sad as I started that blog the beginning of last year. Let me tell you, last year was H-E-A-V-E-N. The best class I had ever had. All but for "that one kid." But even now I see him in the hallway and think, "What I wouldn't give to have him back." I see my kids from last year and sigh and wish... which may be why that stupid problem happened that mad...


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Can't beat 'em...

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Wednesday, October 26, 2011,
As much as I would like to be a crabby negative teacher, my incurable optimism always wins out (thank goodness). So, no matter how many times I rolled my eyes and growled at the stupid Red Ribbon Week Schedule, I have still found myself going right along with it with a smile. Today was silly/mix-match sock day. Actually, I kind of like this one since it gave me the opportunity to wear my two favorite socks in the whole wide world. And wear them I did... with a dress... for everyone to see.
Inc...
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Greedy teacher

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Tuesday, October 25, 2011,
Teachers are greedy. And this one is no exception. You want to give something away? We'll be all over it like vultures. With no shame either. So, when the local high school begins offering students as teacher cadets (aka an extra pair of hands), there's nothing left but to say, "YES, PLEASE!" Of course, some cadets are only there to get out of doing actual highschool work, but this year, I can use any extra body to tap a kid on the shoulder and tell them to get busy. Thankfully, the group I h...
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It's all fun and games until...

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Monday, October 24, 2011,
There is a certain teacher-student bonding that occurs on the playground. I figure that, as long as I am able, I should play with my babies every once and a while. Well, I had promised my girl students on Friday that I would help them across the monkey bars "tomorrow". Of course I forgot that "tomorrow" was Saturday. Well, here we are on Monday and did they forget? Nope. So, down to the monkey bars we went. I will tell you now that helping flailing second graders is not for sissies. Thankfull...
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Friday

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Saturday, October 22, 2011,
Since today is Saturday and I have spent the majority of the day at my alma mater's homecoming festivities, I am relaxed enough to share the week's happenings. Let me share it in a list:

1. Short week due to Fall Break. FABULOUS.
2. Still have a crying kid, but she only cried once this week. HALLELUJAH.
3. One of my sweeter babies got mad and ran out of the lunchroom and hid from me... yeah.
4. One student decided this was the week to see just how often he could fart and burp in front of the rest...
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Happy Birthday

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Thursday, October 20, 2011,
I do believe that half my class was born in October... which means we have had cupcakes Thursday, Friday, and today. HOLY MOLEY. I hate cupcakes.  
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Fall Break!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Monday, October 17, 2011,

Bad news: I totally had to overwrite my old "Fly on the wall" tab because something funky happened with my computer. I have people fooled into thinking I am some tech saavy teacher... *insert head shaking here,* but alas, I am a self-taught amateur at best. I get by, and can help others, but most of the time it's by accident. So, I could only figure out that something was wrong with the HTML code that I had typed or pasted into one of my previous posts, which meant that it basically messed up...


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Amateur Extraordinaire I was born to a farmer and a farmer's daughter. I, however, was just a tiny little thing when my parents had to move from their farm. All my life I heard stories of "the farm" and the life they had there. From a young age, I knew I would have my own one day. While it is far from the farm my daddy had, my Mister and I bought our first place in August of 2011. Sitting on six acres is a homestead we're making into our own slice of heaven on earth. Follow along as we stake our claim on this piece of earth the LORD has entrusted to us.
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