Saturday, August 08, 2009

You're 100% ALL TEACHER...

It could be beginning-of-the-school-year-hysteria setting in, or it might be the fact that I'm actually **ready** to meet my students on Monday...

Whatever the reason, I have some teacher sassiness starting to bubble over and with the help of BlogLand, I'm happy to share!

Never fear, I won't try stand-up comedy anytime soon.

Yes, I'm aware the following list pretty much reflects only moi!



You know you're 100% ALL TEACHER when:

* Your eyes glaze over, your heartbeat slows, and you exhale a contented sigh when faced with a stack of p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y laminated desk top name tags and posters.

* Your clothes are sorted by curriculum units and themes (Dr. Seuss shirt= March; heart socks=February, etc.)

* You wake up, mid-nightmare, to jot down the names of two students who should NOT be seated next to one another. Yes, yes, yes, even though it was *just* a nightmare, your teacher-sense is never wrong about those kinds of things.

* You save grocery and shopping receipts for items like "Ziploc bags," "wooden clothespins," and "cotton balls" along with the teacher store receipts with those more telltale items "sentence strips," " bulletin board trimmers," or "incentive chart stickers" for your taxes.

* In August, you take bets with other colleagues on what the newest catch phrase will be that you'll hear and read ad nauseum during each and every professional development training meeting that you'll have to attend throughout the year.

* You've ever been tempted (or encouraged another colleague) to create an annual tally sheet or bingo cards with those catch phrases on them so that staff meetings stay discreetly entertaining.

* You become confused when more school terminology is unnecessarily changed to reflect a more politically correct, respectful or clarified tone.

Example: this year our classroom aides are to be called "assistants."

Definition: aide- Someone who acts as an assistant.

Definition: assistant - A person who is subordinate to another; someone who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.

Sooooo- if I continue to call my classroom aide my AIDE, it's implied that she is, in fact, my ASSISTANT, right?

* You're easily distracted by semantic-play, misspellings, typos, and grammatical errors.
smiley wink

1 comment:

  1. Hi Michaele! Just came across your blog and felt a kinship. I teach kindergarten (not as long as you have), just got a Smartboard in my room, love Mary Engelbreit and just hit 40 (it is great by the way!) Thanks for your blog....I don't start school until September 8th but will be checking in to see how your year is going!

    :) Lori


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