As I reflect upon my first year teaching, I can tell you THE most annoying phrase that I have heard.. every single day – through the regular school year AND throughout summer school.
“I don’t have a pencil.”
In my head – I am thinking.. well, where did you put the one I gave you this morning.. or the one I gave you yesterday… or the 5 I gave you last week?
While I ususally do not respond with these questions.. since I know they will not be answered (although.. I do REALLY want to know which student is EATING all of my pencils…) … I can tell you that pencils drive me INSANE. They are always lost – they are always broken.. the erasers never work.
Is this something small.. YES. But, if you are a teacher.. you know EXACTLY what I am talking about.
Summer school has been the worst. Most kids don’t even bring their backpacks to school .. let alone a pencil. The ones that I give them probably go home with them.. and will never be seen again.
Enter the pencil game:
Each pencil has a piece of painters tape with the students’ initals written on them.
IF the student can keep this pencil for the remainder of summer school – AND hand it in to me on the last day – then they will receive a prize. We voted – and ice cream is going to be the prize.
This has been in place for a week.
Guess what!? NO ONE HAS ASKED ME FOR A PENCIL. Cha-ching
Not having lose patience every morning has truly made my days amazing.. No one likes to be bombarded by 15 2nd graders asking for a pencil as soon as they enter the classroom!!
What else has been making today FaBuLoUs?!
An egg roll-up for breakfast (accompanied by some cashews.. a great combo… dontcha know?!)
Some ever-so-fabulous Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee…
A finger lickin’ good sandwich for lunch..
And a tremendous new recipe- courtesy of Clean Eating Chelsey for dinner:
Heavy On the Broccoli Pasta Salad! I followed Chelsey’s recipe for the most part.. but changed up the proportions of the honey, mustard, and balsamic … and also added in some peas for good measure. I am thinking of adding some tuna to this for a nice little lunch tomorrow
Clearly – my daily bout of exercise managed to help keep my mood hoppin’ as well … even though I had a little ripple in my plans. See – I was hoping to do a little warm-up on the treadmill.. and the hit up a step aerobic class. I did my jog.. ended up doing 2.4 miles. Then I went to the group fitness room. 5-7 minutes later.. I was back out in the gym.. as the instructor was a no show. I did 20 minutes of ab work and hopped back onto the treadmill. In total – I did 5.5 miles in roughly 45 minutes. Still a great workout – even though it did NOT go as planned…
Still not convinced I am in a delightful mood today?! Well.. I’ve got another little project going on in creative department:
Tie Dye! I am making some shirts for my 3-day For a Cure teammates.. and started the process today!
How can you NOT be happy if you are tie dying shirts?!
Hopefully they turn out okay.. I guess only time will tell!
Hope you had a fantabulous day as well…
Tell me one thing that made your day sparkling! (or more then one if you’d like )