I was in the middle of my small groups / centers block for the day. The students have a rotation of centers, working with the teacher, and STAR time (Stop, Take a book, And Read, read, read!). When I called my yellow group to the table, one of my lovely 2nd graders came over with black smudges all over her face. I looked at her and go “Were you coloring with markers again when you should have been doing your work?” She denied coloring, even though her face had the proof right on it! “Well, I think you need to go into the bathroom and clean those marker smudges off your face, and then come back and tell me the truth.”
She sighed as she walked off to the bathroom, and returned only a few seconds later. She stomped back with an angry face and looks at me and goes “That wasn’t funny! I have a mustache on my face. My mom says it’s ok, that some girls do. I can’t wash off my ‘girlstache’!”
I was too shocked at first to say anything (this poor girl does in fact have a dark mustache growing, which made it even harder)! I had to cover my smile with a piece of paper, as I calmly said to her “Honey, I’m sorry you think I was talking about your mustache. However, I was talking about the marker that is on your CHEEK!”
We have all had those moments where one of the kids will say something that is just so funny, and you NEED to pass it on! And sometimes, only a teacher can understand the humor! When I first started teaching 2nd grade 4 years ago, one of my mentor teachers was actually my former 2nd grade teacher. She said one of the most important things she could tell me was to take the time to enjoy my time in the classroom, as it passes too quickly. She said she loves to record the little fun things that happen on certain days right in her plan book – so as she looks back, she can also remember fun times from past classes. I thought this was a wonderful way to remember, but took it a step further. I have a file on my school computer where I type in the funny things kids have said to me over the past few years. Anytime I need a pick-me-up, I just open this file and let the fun start all over again!
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