Since Pi day is this Friday, this week we’re talking about circles. After our number talk for our warm up, I asked students why they thought we were going to be talking about circles this week. After a few guesses, one student raised his hand and asked, “Because your wife is pregnant?” I thought for a moment and then busted out laughing as I asked, “You mean because her belly is kind of round right now?” Everybody got a good laugh out of it.
Students finished up their life-size Barbie pictures today and as they finished up I came across this group’s picture. It made me crack up! It was clearly one of the most realistic drawings in the class, but the shirt and name were hilarious! Sometimes I fear that my humor is at a similar maturity level as my students!
We were finishing up our Barbie scale projects today and, after 3 groups of boys tried to draw mustaches on Barbie in my 6th period class, I was talking to my 7th period about not making their Barbie pictures look ridiculous on purpose. After I said they couldn’t draw mustaches on their Barbies, one of my 6th graders raised his hand and asked (completely honestly and with a straight face), “can we draw full luscious lips on our Barbies?” The rest of the class started giggling and as much as I tried to keep a straight face I just couldn’t. I started cracking up because it was a totally honest question, but the whole “full luscious lips” part just got me. It was hilarious!
We had a rainy day lunch today and I let a few students stay in my room instead of eating in the dining hall. We were goofing around and I was just being silly with them and one said, “Mr. M, you’re like a kid in a teenager’s body.” I thought for a moment and asked, “Wait, so there’s no adult in me at all?” She laughed and jokingly said, “Nope!” It was pretty funny. It’s nice to be young at heart.
Today was a really good day. One of my students from last year came up to me before school today and thanked me for teaching him so well in 7th grade last year and getting him so prepared for algebra this year. Great way to start the day. Then a few of my current and former students came in and ate lunch in my room, which ended up being incredibly entertaining. I was literally cracking up the entire time. Like I said, it was a really good day.
We’re starting to talk about the idea of scale in my 7th grade classes and like yesterday’s classes, today’s classes were asked to make “accurate” diagrams of our classroom. When we were evaluating their accuracy, I noticed a stick figure on this one. When I looked a little closer I found that it was me, lying on the floor in front of the white board, taking a nap. If only that could be a reality!
During my morning yard duty one of my 8th grade students told me that she tried to bake me a coffee cake last night for Valentine’s day. When I asked where it was, she said, “My mom took away my baking license.” Curious, I asked why that happened. She laughed and said she almost set the microwave on fire (apparently she tried to warm up a drink in a metal cup, resulting in plenty of sparks and smoke). I asked how long it was revoked for and she said 2 months! The fact that she was going to bake me something combined with the story provided a great start to my day!
Everyday I do a different greeting at the door as each student walks in. I do a 2 finger “high five” for Tuesday (“2 for Tuesday”) and a 3 finger “high five” for Wednesday (“W for Wednesday), etc. Everyday since the beginning of the year one of my 8th grade girls has, after giving me my greeting, pulled her hand back and given me a real high five with a big smile on her face. I know she does this and usually I remember but sometimes I forget, which she gives me a hard time for. Today she came in, gave me the “2 for Tuesday,” and then gave me her own high five with a big smile on her face and said “YEAH!!!” I’ve been really tired this week (and a bit grumpy), but her doing this today cracked me up and put a big smile on my face. It immediately turned my mood around and gave me a big boost to end the day. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can bring the biggest smile to your day! I need to thank her for this.
Today at the end of one of my 8th grade classes a girl stayed behind to talk to me and as she waited for the rest of the students to leave, I noticed a concerned look on her face. Once the room was empty, she told me that one of the boys at her table was having a really hard time understanding today’s material. This is a boy who doesn’t ask for help nearly as often as he needs it, and she explained that they walked him through one of the problems but then he immediately forgot how to do it before they started the next one. She was legitimately concerned that he was having such a difficult time today. I told her I’d be sure to spend a little more time at their table next class, and thanked her for letting me know. It’s refreshing (and rare as it’s never happened to me before) to have another student come advocate for a classmate because she is concerned that he’s falling behind. It’s always nice when moments like this happen and you see students caring about their peers.