Thursday, May 24, 2012

I know what you did last night....

So there is a young girl in my class whose father passed away a couple years ago.  She used to mention her mom's friend but now this friend has a new title - mom's "special friend."  Well I knew exactly what she meant so I never asked further.  However, it came up again today at lunch.  I decided to joke around with her and asked what a "special friend" was.  She said that for a girl its a boy and for a boy it would be a girl.  "And guess what?!" she says.  Then, referring to the student sitting next to her, she says that this girl's dad has both a wife and a special friend.


I had just seen the above post on Pinterest but I just couldn't stop it.  I tried my best to defend this dad. I don't even really like him.  She has written poems of the pain he caused her when he left and got a new family.  She gets so excited when she actually gets to visit him.  Last time she visited him, he left her with a friend who was a teacher (she shared this to the class as well).  Little did I know at the time that this friend was more than just a babysitter.  Nevertheless, I tried to defend him anyways.

"Well I'm sure they are just friends..I have lots of friends."
"Nope, she had pictures of the two of them at the lake and the beach that his wife didn't know he went to."
"Well.... (here is me stumbling for words) I do lots of different things with my friends."
"No.  She was his special friend.  I asked him if [his wife] knew about her and he said...NO and don't tell her."

So what is the lesson?
Don't have both a wife and a special friend....and don't tell your daughter!  Her classmates and teachers will find out even if your wife doesn't!

Monday, May 14, 2012


So who do you think is more nervous before testing? Teachers or Students? 

After reading Testing Miss Malarkey (free on SlideShare)..I must agree that teachers are.  I'm worried that they're worried and I'm worried that they won't use all their strategies and I'm worried about the students who will work their hardest and still have to retake.  I'm worried about their repressed energy during testing causing poor choices during indoor recess after testing b/c of the rain.

Today we "popped our fears away."  Students (and myself) blew up balloons, wrote our testing fears on them with Sharpie and then went out side and popped them away. I think it was therapeutic for the students fears/worries to be heard and validated.  Then, the act of getting rid of them allowed us to move on to meditative mandala coloring to create a calm and anxiety free environment.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Someone once said...

"If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life."
Leo Tolstoy