Smiles and Frowns

28 Jan

Here are a few of my random smiles and frowns from the past week.

~A smile is little voices mispronouncing words.  To the first graders I listened to read: You say catapidda, I say caterpillar.  I think your version is cuter.  

~A big smile is making a committment to join a health club.  Oh, I didn’t join it for the equipment or the excercise, I joined it for the aqua-massage.

~A bigger smile is a little 4 year old chatter box in the class where I was subbing.  I knew all about Chatty-Cathy’s family, friends, imaginary friends, family car, and even her mom’s age by the end of the afternoon.  I’m glad she trusted me with such vital information.

~An even bigger smile is beginning to see that my students have been learning the academic lessons I have been teaching all year. It makes observation and assessment seem like a good thing, instead of a chore.

~A gigantic smile is when both of my classes understood that penguins have feathers, not fur.Yay me!

~A frown is realizing that your classroom is once again full of the creeping crud. Yes, I do believe I work in a Petri Dish. We sent a child home with a fever today. **sigh**

~A big frown is the cold winter weather. I’m tired and even my little students are tired of being stuck indoors! How long until spring?

~A bigger frown is watching your friend and assistant teacher wipe out in an icy parking lot and teach in pain all day. I told the children to be gentle with her, and I hope they were.

~An even bigger frown is realizing that Bumble has had some a whole lot of regression in the past two weeks.  It seems that Bumble is back to behavior that I haven’t seen since October/November.  Yikes…  Hopefully Bumble will be back on track soon.

~A gigantic frown is having  gourmet dreams on a mac-n-cheese budget.  Darn economy.

Mrs. V



7 Responses to “Smiles and Frowns”

  1. Mr Geek January 29, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    I love the smiles – Chatty Cathy sounds like fun 🙂

    I hope the frowns get better soon.

    Side note: Bloglines seemed to have cached the post with you having “champagne dreams” … so you have mac-n-cheese and generic soda-pop … I’ll send my kids!

    • mrsvierkant January 29, 2009 at 9:42 am #

      I was trying to decide which one to use, and I liked mac-n-cheese one better, so I changed it. Ahhh, the power of being a blogger. 🙂

  2. michaelm January 29, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    That you do what you do makes me smile.
    These kids are lucky to have someone as caring as you and they don’t even know it.
    “gourmet dreams on a mac-n-cheese budget”
    Have you been snooping on me again?
    Rock on, MrsV

  3. RC January 29, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Would you like a Lightning McQueen in your pocket? I find it adds to the smile factor. (So does seeing your toddler’s face when he realizes Mommy is playing the first song from “Cars” on the way to school. I downloaded “Real Gone” last night, and his smile when he heard the first chords – priceless!)

  4. Julie January 29, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    Sorry about your TA getting hurt! I hate, hate, hate the ice!!!

    Good luck with Bumble!

  5. Just a Mom January 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    I hope you turn those frowns upside down!

  6. Daisy January 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Me too – I’m trying to smile more than I frown, but some days, it’s harder than others.

    Ever try a tan? – I steered clear of this until someone convinced me to try last winter and after the first go, I was amazed. You can always just get some light on your legs/arms only.


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