Posts tagged students

  • Me: Come here S.
  • S: Okay (comes over and puts his arm over my shoulder).
  • Me: I'm about to tell you something very important, so I need you to focus and do a good job listening.
  • S: You got it Ms. PPT!
  • Me: You always cheer for every kid in the class when they get an answer right or do something that they couldn't do before.
  • S: Yup.
  • Me: I want you to keep doing that for the rest of your life no matter what. Even when you're too cool to give your old Pre-K teacher a hug, I want you to keep cheering people on and celebrating with them.
  • S: Okay! (Hugs me)
  • S: (whispering) I'll never be too cool for you.

"I keep my phone in a place no girls would want to look."

One of my 5th graders.

Oi vey.  Also, I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 18 and could pay for it myself.

Why I teach:

  • The day J. finally came to school without things in his pocket.  Oh, how we celebrated.
  • The day M. realized a black man was running for president, and that meant HE could be president.
  • The first time G. sounded out a word, and we ran and showed every teacher in the building.
  • When I didn’t feel well and K. told me to make sure I ate broccoli and carrots.
  • The field trip, when my class collectively stopped on their own, to dance to the steel drum music.
  • Watching Obama’s inauguration with my class, and they looked to me during every period of clapping so I could explain what was being said.  That these little kiddos gave up their recess to continue watching.
  • Hugs.
  • When A. connected what we were learning in math, to fantasy football.
  • When B. stood up to a 6th grader for picking on her friend, used her words, and got a teacher.
  • The first time M. read a book to her mom.
  • The time I had to buy the groceries for L.’s family
  • The look on T.’s face when I bought him some school pants that actually fit him.
  • Counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s while exercising.
  • Jump Rope songs.
  • Making boats and studying why they sank or floated
  • When my students wanted to write letters to thank Rosa Parks
  • When R. said he kicked butt at math, and to “bring it on”
  • When my class beat the rest of the school in their martial arts tournament — and we were the youngest
  • Y’s face when I really showed up at his basketball game, even though his dad did not
  • Making sure H got the accommodations that were appropriate for his disabilities
  • When my students learned that yes, they did live in Ohio, even though the name of their city was different
  • Students at-risk of joining gangs, coming to my room in the morning to ask for advice, students that were never in my class
  • The pride my students feel when we celebrate their progress

and so much more.

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Web Poster Wizard for Teachers

Web Worksheet Wizard and Project Poster have combined to make Web Poster Wizard. This FREE tool allows educators to create a lesson, worksheet, or class page and immediately publish it online. Teachers can also set up classes and assign projects to students. Students complete the assignments by creating their own online projects or reports. Teachers and students can even add images and links to their pages. 

Book Adventure

Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they’ve read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by and is maintained by Sylvan Learning.