not my day

not my day

so, i got a call to sub as a librarian today. sounded like something fun and different, so i took the job. i got to school about 7:45 and discovered that i didn’t have my first class until 10.  sweet.   lots of time to prepare for the three classes i’d be teaching, plus maybe get a book or two in. then i got a call from the secretary saying that a sub hadn’t shown up, could i please take a 2nd grade class? sure, i love second graders. so, i locked up the library, and headed to the class only to find out that the sub was there, she just got a little lost trying to pick the kids up from the playground.

so, back to the library i went… only to get another call, minutes after i’d unlocked everything and turned the lights back on.  a teacher was needing to go home, could i take her class? of course.  again, i lock up the library and head off to my new class.

i stopped in the bathroom on my way there. big mistake.

because the toilet exploded. not just like, oops, overflowing toilet. like erupting geyser spewing in six directions, flooding the bathroom with about three inches of water in 4.2 seconds, and of course soaking me from head to toe.

so, after alerting the secretary, plumber, custodian, anyone i could find, i headed off to my class. not an empty class, mind you, but a class full of first and second graders and, even better, the teacher. she’d come in to work, but wasn’t going to be able to make it through the day, and i show up. the soaking wet sub. the soaking wet with exploding toilet water sub. i’m sure just the look of me inspired great confidence in the mind of that poor teacher leaving her kiddos in my (wet) hands. ah, well. a day in the life of a substitute teacher. :)

posted by: nicolette

i’d like to move to asly please

i’d like to move to asly please

So, a while back at school I gave a geography quiz to a class of third graders. They had to label the seven continents and four oceans. I got such a kick out of their answers, I just had to share….

The Oceans: Pratic Ocean, Anratic Ocean, Pacfio Ocean, Sith Ocean

Europe: Erip, Eroup, Yearup

North America: N. Amareb, Aeupe

Africa: N. Amica

Australia: Asly

:) :) :)

posted by: nicolette

the things you hear at school…

the things you hear at school…

i was teaching kindergarten today, and the class was watching ‘charlie brown’s thanksgiving.’ charlie brown and his friends are all in the back of a station wagon (fun fact: i cried buckets when my parents sold our station wagon), and they are singing that christmas song, ‘over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go…’ and charlie says something about how it’s too bad his grandma lives in a condominium. this prompted deep discussion amongst the kindergarteners. “what’s a condomedrian?” asks one. any talk is cut short when one little guy says very confidently:

“it’s another state. y’know, like california. yeah, california and condomedrian.”

a collective nod of understanding, and all eyes were back on charlie brown and his turkey dinner.

i, on the other hand, was cracking up, and it set me to thinking on some of the other funny things i’ve heard coming out of the mouths of children…

– teaching preschool, apparently “miss nicolette” was a bit too difficult, so i was aptly dubbed “miss pickle” by one.

– in a fourth grade class, somehow the word ‘gay’ came up, and one of the boys explained to the rest of his table that “gay means you like boys. that means all girls are gay.”

– one little boy drew me a picture of two lizards… named abraham and lot.

and my all-time favorite:

– teaching on the ten plagues of egypt (okay, technically, this is sunday school), i asked if any of the kiddos knew what hail was. sweet jada answered, as only a texan could: “hail is a bad place!” (say it with a southern accent if you don’t get it… i promise you will laugh when you do!)

hee hee, i love my job! :)

posted by: nicolette