I was pondering what else I could hang from my ceiling when I noticed this large branch lying in front of my favorite grocery store. It was still there when I left, so I picked it up and put it into the back of my car figuring that I was helping to keep the premises clean. Once I had it hanging in my classroom, I added lights and snowflakes I snagged at a dollar store on clearance -- three for a dollar.
One of my creative students made this extra-large paper snowflake.
I thoroughly enjoy the bicycle wheels I have hanging from the ceiling, but one of them had little animals dangling from it, and they were beginning to fall off and land on my students' desks. So, I was at a resale shop over the break and found these cute little vintage badminton rackets for cheap, and why not? They fit nicely in between the spokes and it only took a minute to set them up. And, I love my ribbon valance, but I wanted to add a little more color. I picked up these teal curtains at a yard sale awhile back, and they came in quite handy. And to explain Jeff's title, I always thought it was "badmitton", not "badminton" (like that is a word we see spelled everyday), but now I know.
The day before school resumed after our loooong eleven day break (and I enjoyed every minute of it, though I was happy to return to my classroom, thank you), I ventured up to school and redecorated a little bit. I got this cute little polar bear idea from Pinterest. Of course, it has been done before, but I thought it was cute and very fitting. Especially since it was twelve degrees and snow was everywhere this morning on our way to school.
Okay, the title is a bit dramatic, but I am a history teacher as well, and we were in the middle of studying the Indian Removal Act, and it was just on my mind . . . . So, I had the 7th graders do the "Outline your foot and decorate it" assignment in their journals for creative art journaling day. The 7th graders have a very different style than the 8th graders. Two of them drew foot wounds.
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I had the privilege of working with these lovely and talented ladies as they prepared to sing "I'm Standing on the Rock of Ages" for the Fine Arts Festival at Terre Hill Mennonite High School. They surprised me one afternoon by knocking on my classroom door. When I opened it, my seventh grade English class and I were treated to a mini concert. They thanked me with a giant Hershey's kiss (Yum!) and a framed, signed picture of themselves holding their award ribbons. Thank you, junior ladies. You are amazing! (Whoop! Whoop!)
Amy Zimmerman, the fifth grade teacher next door, and I have been collecting humorous written sentences from our students. We will share the brilliance with you here. These are direct quotes from students' writings. "The largest flying bird is the cockrotch." [sic] "Crossington washed the Delaware." "Land dries faster than the sea." "Lord willing, an epidermic will not reach us."
The definition of militia was given as "call only in a emergency".
"My sister did lament when her tooth fell out because she thought it died." Definition of the spoils system (in which the president awards positions to those who helped him gain office): If the president doesn't want to eat spoiled food, he can give it to his cabinet.
This week I received an amazing assortment of teacher gifts, including bath bombs, candles, and fun socks. I also have enough yummy baked goods and snacks so that I don't need to bake at all this break. But, the most humorous gift I received has a little story behind it. After being really annoyed by a loudly bounced basketball right outside my door first thing in the morning before the bell even rang, I, of course, went and confiscated the ball and placed it under my desk. Shortly after that the offending student entered my room with this giant Hershey's kiss in his hands. (It was then that I figured out he had planned this whole thing.) While any small piece of chocolate may be presented in order to redeem a confiscated ball, I was given this. Needless to say, I gladly accepted it. Happy Holidays!
I have never been a fan of bouncing balls of any kind. They seem to elude me when I try to kick or hit them. They seem to hit me in the head when I am trying to avoid them. But the worst part about balls is the loud noise they make when they are being bounced while I am teaching. So, I was patient for several months, and then I decided to enforce THE RULE. THE RULE is that students are not supposed to bounce balls in the all purpose room, which just happens to be right outside my door. But, I'm trying to be good-natured about it all. So MY RULE is that if they do break THE RULE, I will confiscate the ball. It can easily be redeemed with any type or size of chocolate. In the meantime, my legs are getting a little extra exercise under my desk.