1. See that bruise? That happened about two weeks ago, so it looks far better now than it did. I had my seventh graders write down a noun (something that is in the classroom), and adjective that described that noun, a verb, and an adverb to describe that verb. Then they created an imperative sentence out of those parts of speech, and they could request that I or any of their classmates follow the request. This bruise came from someone asking me to “Roll energetically toward the grey desk.”
2. My students were writing persuasive essays. I told them they could use a quote as an attention-getter. One of my students asked me if you put a quote in quotation marks. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
3. I recommended a book to one of my students several weeks ago because she was looking for something good to read. When she wrote her persuasive essay on a book every middle schooler should read, she wrote about the book I recommended. That was pretty awesome.
4. My eighth graders are currently reading my favorite book of all time: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Several of them have told me they love this book. None of them had read it before. That is also pretty awesome.
5. Somebody told me recently that there are middle school English positions open at two other area schools. I thought about applying, just to have some options and see what other opportunities might be available. But I decided I like where I am, and I don’t want to start over again so soon. Besides, although there are some things I don’t like about the school I’m in, there are certain to be problems in other schools too. Different problems, probably, but problems nonetheless. So I’m staying put and not applying anywhere else.
6. It’s May. That means that my middle school students are like giant squirrels. Well, even more than usual.
7. There is going to be a talent show at the end of the school year. One of my students asked if I would sing “One Day More” from Les Miserables with him for the talent show. I declined.
8. I often stick pencils in my hair when I wear ponytails. Usually it’s just one, but occasionally it’s two. One day last year my students asked me, “Why do you have so many pencils in your hair?” I replied, “It’s just two.” They said, “No, there are three.” Oops.