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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Patience is a Virtue

Today during clean up:

Student (over the noise of the class): Mrs. Butler?  You are an amazing teacher!
Me: Thank you! You are an amazing student! (I usually offer A's for these sweet comments as well:))
Student: No, I mean, you are REALLY patient! Don't  you sometimes just wanna SMACK some of these people???

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Overheard today:
1st student: Can you feel your apple?
2nd student: Yeah! It's right here!
3rd student: Let me feel! I can't feel mine, it's not there!
1st student: Don't worry, you're probably just pushing it too hard.
3rd student: Well I don't think I have an apple.
2nd student: You can't push on it too hard, or else you'll die! I can SEE yours! Go look in the mirror!
3rd student, looking in mirror : OH YEAH! I SEE IT, THERE IT IS!!

Me: Actually, none of you have Adam's Apples, because you're all eight and nine year old girls.

I've added 2 new products to my TpT store--1 freebie, and a new April Choice Board!

Tonight is the last night of Spring Break (technically, since it's after midnight, that ship has sailed). In true "me" fashion, I can't sleep. I spent last night and tonight making a couple of things for the store, and it's made me excited to go back to try them out! I will post some pictures here of the math Problem of the Day as we go--I really hope it makes them think!

We have the "big test" coming up in a couple of weeks, so time to be VERY SERIOUS. Which is generally not my forte. Oh well, after that we'll be free to enjoy teaching and learning again! I will also upload some pictures from activities we did from the March Choice Board--namely the Leprechaun Traps! They were such fun! Until then, here are the links to my new stuff.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It's Elementary!

Today during math, 2 students were looking at a small food scale:

1st student (with frustration, to another student ): It's  a SCALE. You put stuff on it to see how much it WEIGHS.
2nd student: But it's  so small, you can't  weigh anything with THIS!
1st student: Well, what do you think it's for, then?? It's  a scale, and you WEIGH STUFF ON IT! It's SCIENCE, have you HEARD OF IT??!?
2nd student: (eyerolls...)
1st student: Here! Let me spell it for you! Have you ever heard of it? (writing on board) IT'S PHYSICS!!!

Well, at least he's  passionate about something!?!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Try a Little Tenderness

We are always trying to learn new vocabulary words to jazz up our writing in 3rd grade. Today's word was gentleness.

Me: Gentleness is a noun. If you are practicing gentleness, you are being careful and calm with something that is fragile, or that can easily be damaged or broken. Who has a connection to this word?
Student: Oh! I do! My new baby sister is fragile, so we have to handle her with gentleness!
Me: That's a great connection!
Student: Yeah, her head's still soft and squishy on top, and you can't bang it on anything or else you'll dent her.
Me: That soft spot is called the fontanel, and it's a spot where the bones of the skull aren't fully fused together yet to allow for growth (feeling pretty smug about the way I just snuck in some additional information--Go Me!).
Student: Well, whatever. My mom just doesn't want her head all dinged up.

Sometimes the best explanation is the simplest explanation. Happy Monday!