{Teacher Tuesday: Fair Days, Field Trips, and Funnies}

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Where should I begin?  We're in the 10th week of school.  Can you believe that?  I can hardly believe it myself.  Now, let's see what 2C has been up to these days.

A few weeks ago, we had our second day off from school, blessed fair day.  I know it's a day for teachers to escape their children, but Haley and Lisa, my new teacher besties, decided to brave the possibility of running into our children and go to the fair on fair day.  I have to say it really wasn't that bad either, and we only saw one child we knew, who wasn't any of our students.  We ate, drank, and enjoyed the fair FOR FREE (at the ticket was free), and naturally our diets started Monday.  No really though.

After we returned from the fair Friday, Haley and I went to Half Price Books since they were doing a 20% off teacher appreciation deal or something.  Being a teacher sure has some nice perks.  I have found myself looking for kids books all over the place since becoming a teacher.  There are some gems out there I loved as a kid, a need for lower reading levels than I have in my current classroom library, and specific books teachers like to use for teaching, like Kevin Henkes books which I of course had none of.  $50 later, I have several Henkes books, 30 something phonics readers, and 1 Little Golden Book - The Tawny, Scrawny Lion & The Clever Monkey.

No, I don't have all of these, but I am the proud owner of 4 of them. :)

That's right -- 2C went on a Field Trip to the Environmental Center!  I have nothing negative to report about the experience.  Shocking, right?  Just kidding... kind of.  Anyway, we went to the Environmental Center which brought back fond memories of my days as a child heading there.  Not only did I frequent there on my own field trips during school, I actually have the joyous memory of falling into the lake one year.  I recall my teacher pushing me to try to regain his balance, but I digress...

2C, 2D and 2E all went together and my class ended up splitting in half.  Haley and her Mom, who chaperoned the field trip, ended up taking 4 of my kids, two of which were boys I normally have trouble with.  I didn't think that through when I split my kids up, but praise the LORD everyone was on their best behavior.

In the morning, we went on a nature "hike" and saw spiders, squirrels, trees, animal burrows and homes, birds, and tried to spot a fawn, but didn't have much luck other than finding fresh tracks in the dirt.  It was on that hike that my kids were fascinated by daddy long legs spiders, concerned that I would get eaten or attacked by something as I was the caboose, and I was asked, "but Mrs. Nabors, when do the squirrels start hatching from their eggs?"  Yeah... we're going to have to go back and cover life cycle, but I believe that's a spring concept.

After lunch, we swapped with the other class and fed the barnyard animals which included two baby goats, a drooling dairy cow, a longhorn bull, a pig named Sweetheart aka Schatzy, a small pig named Snowflake, and ducks and chickens.  I only fed the goats because they were adorable of course, but that was about all the feeding I really wanted to partake in, and it was for the kids... really we all know that's why I didn't feed more animals. :)

After feeding the animals we got to go catch grasshoppers and feed them to the indoor animals (i.e. lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles, fish).  I tried to scoop out a grasshopper to clear one of my student's nets so they could get another and the dang thing pooped on me.  Who knew grasshoppers would do that as a defense mechanism?  I certainly didn't.  Needless to say, my kids got a huge kick out that.  #teacherlife

I am proud of my little bears and look forward to taking them on another field trip, if the opportunity arises and the funds are available.  Despite being a little crazy on the bus because they had never been on one before, they were a joy. It was a blast to see their little eyes light up over the things they were seeing. :)

In other news, no desks have been thrown as of late, though I'm still having quite a bit of trouble with my classroom management.  My principal has been frequenting my classroom trying to help out and I am so grateful for the modeling and coaching she has provided the past couple of days.

Nothing else too terribly exciting has happened other than my second unpleasant encounter with a parent.  I don't think I've shared, but the first parent told me I wasn't doing enough to help her child.  That was fun.  So, you can imagine talking to parents isn't my favorite thing, but it's a necessity I know.  I know this is not the norm as well, and most of my students' parents are super willing to help out where they can.  That is something I am so thankful for.

Thursday afternoon I had my second encounter with a parent.  After telling her her child did absolutely nothing in my class that afternoon and that if it continued I was afraid the child would fall behind, she did close to nothing to discuss what I had just mentioned and instead switched the focus of the conversation to a time when another child put their hand in her child's face.  Cue frustration.  The conversation continued and we discussed both sides of the situation and what I had done to help correct the problem.  Initially the parent didn't feel like I had done enough, but with further explanation and additional follow up on my side, we both left mostly pleased.  You can't win 'em all, but I am proud of the way I handled myself and looked for a solution to the problem to the best of my ability.

So, that's a little recap of the past 2 weeks!  Hope you enjoyed.  Thanks for stopping by and hearing about the craziness of my first year of teaching.

{Why I Find Doing Things to my Car Unpleasant}

As I sit here waiting for my tires to be replaced, I am reminded why I dread having to do anything, and I mean anything, to my car.  I am not of the mindset that believes that because I am a woman, car places are out there to dupe me, but it definitely gets me thinking.  I have been taken advantage of more times than I can count when it comes to situations involving my car.

There is no denying I know close to nothing about anything car related, unless you count batteries as I worked in the car battery business for almost 3 years.  That being said, I still know next to nothing about even that.  (Yes, it's incredibly sad, I know.  Come on T, you worked at a freaking battery company and you know nothing.  How embarrassing.)

I have been needing to get my tires changed for far too long now, and with my longer commute it seemed like a good time to do so.  Plus, Papa McD was generous to check my tires and chip in some money for the replacement tires.  Thank goodness, because tires are EXPENSIVE!  I walked in and immediately knew I was out of my element.  I had no idea what I need to buy, what the best bang for my buck was in regards to the mileage on my car, etc., etc., etc.

Not that I don't trust the car guys, but... well scratch that.  I don't trust the car guys.  While I think I got the best deal going with a buy 3, get 1 free, and would not allow them to even think I was interested in the additional bonus money back if I opened a credit card, I was totally at a loss for what I truly needed.  Besides that, it wasn't just tires I had to buy.  I then had to get alignment, and installation, and on and on.  How's a girl to know what is really necessary in these situations?

Now, I know I could solve this problem by YouTubing a video, reading a for Dummies book, or actually getting under the hood and having my hubby explain things to me, but frankly, I don't want to.  I don't have any interest in doing that.

So, really this post was pointless since I'm basically just saying I feel like I'm getting duped into buying more things I don't need.  But, you will be proud...  There was something wrong with something, let's go with a Friends moment and call it the tire's outer phalange, making it slightly wobble and not give a true alignment, and for another $300 something I could have it give me a true outer alignment, but come on yo, I just dropped quite a chunk of change on these new tires o' mine, and I realllllly don't want to spend any more money on them.  So what if they wobble a teeny bit?  Is that bad?  Probably.

Then again, I've been driving around on nearly bald tires for the last several months.  What's the worst that could happen?  *Knock on wood.*

{Teacher Tuesday: 1st 6 Weeks Recap}

Welcome to another exciting edition of Teacher Tuesday!  Though this is still pretty new, I'd like to recap my very first six weeks as a teacher!

Y'all, I genuinely cannot believe I have been a teacher for 7 weeks now!  This week marks the start of our 8th week.  Some Most days I don't know what the heck happened with our 7 hours of school time.  Some days I feel like I'm barely keeping my head above water.  Other days it's a 50/50 split with smooth sailing in the morning and disaster in the afternoon.  Always I am grateful that I switched into this new profession.

Since beginning life as a teacher almost all of my purchases are for school, at least one of my weekend days is dedicated to prepping for school, my mornings are early, my sleeping in is severely hindered because of my new routine, I am an old woman and go to bed pretty early, my husband listens to me talk about my kids and sister wives (aka my new teacher friends) incessantly and is a good sport about it, and most of my dreams are about teaching, my students, or my brain subliminally firing off my to-do list while I slumber.

I think teacher life is slowly seeping into my veins and my core.

Some days I like this fact, but other days I have to do a double take to remind myself that I also need a life outside of school.  Ryan has been beyond supportive of my new career and supported us on the home front during my first few weeks and even the two weeks before school began.  I am so grateful to have a husband that I can depend on, that I can feel the love and support oozing from him, and that he is by my side as we embark on this adventure.

I say we because when I became a teacher, I think Ryan can also list part-time teacher on his resume.  He has cut out lamination, helped grade papers, carried books to and from my car, purchased supplies, hung things up in my classroom, taped, learned about my kids, and on and on.  :)  What a wonderful man!

While I feel like the first six weeks was mostly successful, I am looking forward to these next 6 weeks.  They are flying by, and I am loving it more and more.  It's easy to get caught up in the negative things, as with any job, but there are so many more things I am happy and content with through teaching.  Some days I feel like I am making a huge difference.  Some days I feel like I am helping mold their little hearts into people that are kind and care about more than themselves.  Some days I totally fail.  Each day is an adventure and the ride of a lifetime!  I'll have to blog about my top 10 things about being a teacher another time.

Until then, let's recap:
The 1st 6 Weeks of School had:
- 1 school holiday (Labor Day) AKA NO SCHOOL!!! :)
- Lots of crying kids
- Lots of laughing kids
- 3 overturned desks
- 5 tantrums
- 5 classroom walk out attempts
- Easily 500 sheets of notebook paper used
- Easily 500 sheets of printer paper used
- Hundreds of laminated and copied papers
- 6 weeks of lesson plans
- 3 weeks of lesson plans turned in on time
- Nearly 60 student drawings like these:
{These are me with a princess tiara, of course!}
- 5 student notes
- 1 "I like you" letter passed, and taken up, in my class
- 6 breakfast mats thrown away
- Hundreds of Dum Dums eaten
- 30 prizes given away
- Hundreds of tickets passed out and collected
- Thousands of reprimands given
- Tens of thousands of praises given
- 6 weeks of silent prayers said during the morning "moment of silence"
- 5-7 days left crying (that's good I hear!)
- 3 fabulous new girl friends
- 1 new bestie
- Thousands upon thousands of smile and warm, fuzzy memories
- 6 weeks worth of seeing the sun rise
- 6 weeks of seeing the downtown skyline creep into the horizon
- Several attempts at learning to speak accountably to one another (I agree/disagree with ____ because...)
- Several attempts at learning to edify one another
- 1 science experiment
- Created 16 new Baylor fans (they even say Sic'Em Bears!)

We Learned:
- Addition
- Subtraction
- Place Value
- Order of Events/Sequencing
- Fables/Legends/Myths
- Compare/Contrast fairy tales
- Prefixes/Suffixes
- Months of the Year/Days of the Week
- Cardinal directions
- Respecting one another
- Classroom rules
- Brainstorming ideas
- Matter
- Science Lab Procedures
- Science Safety
- 5 senses
- Etc.

Favorite Moment from the 1st 6 Weeks: At our school, each class is encouraged to participate in Rachel's Challenge.  If you're not familiar with what that is, I encourage you to check it out, but the premise is to start a chain reaction of kindness.  One small act of kindness could start a chain reaction of kindness and wouldn't the world be a kinder place to live?  Anyway, my heart is so joyful when my class wants to write the kind acts they've done for one another.  I stapled our paper chain pieces together today and we easily have 25.

Other favorite (because you know I couldn't just pick one): rapping and singing with my kids.  I try to find as many songs and raps for my kids to sing to help them remember things.  So far I've found some for addition, respect, science lab procedures, synonyms/antonyms, days of the week, months of the year, and well too many to name.  I've even made up a few of my own. :)

Funniest Moment: Every other Friday at school is college t-shirt day and they highlight a college.  Baylor was the 3rd school to be highlighted and, naturally, I had been teaching my kids all about Baylor since Day 1.  They had heard the fight song at least a dozen times, heard about Joy and Lady, and everything else Baylor!  We even SIC'EM BEARS in class as an attention getter.  They looooove to Sic'Em too! :)

Anyway, I showed my class the cheer/dance to the fight song because I tried out for Baylor Cheerleading back in the day.  I didn't make the team, and they knew that, but mostly I chuck that up to having had knee surgery the fall before tryouts and not being totally ready or able to do my standing back tuck.  So, Baylor Friday rolls around and my kids wanted to see the fight song dance so I did it when they played the song over the announcements.  When we get outside and are waiting for carpool, one of my students wants me to show her older sister the fight song dance.  As I am, one of my other students walks over to Ms. Wilson and whispers, "She didn't make the team."  Ms. Wilson erupted in laughter, I stopped and asked what was going on and learned that.  I asked my student to justify why I didn't make it to which she responded, "you weren't good enough".  She later said the real reason, but I about died laughing.  Gooood times.

Happy Tuesday, friends!
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