My Spider/Diabetes Problem
I have a spider problem in my classroom, they love to hang out in my cabinets and around the base boards of my room. One day I had a group of 2nd graders working near a “known spider area” and said, “boys and girls, let’s work somewhere else today because I found three spiders there yesterday.”
A second-grade boy said, “We better not get bit because we might get diabetes and no one wants diabetes, especially the spider type.”
This next one was probably only amusing to me. During one of my last classes of the day, which happens to be Kindergarten I sat down at the piano and starting singing a song when a very exasperated boy threw his body to the floor, put his hands in the air and yelled “WHY DO YOU ALWAYS SING MS. HAYDEN? EVERY DAY SINGING!! UGHHH” Then after the whole class just stared at him he said, “I am so tired.”
Me too buddy me too.
Jacket problems or stealing my hair?
I have this bright green/lime jacket I wear all the times (because I’m ALWAYS cold) and a student looked at me up and down and then said: “I’m gonna make a jacket that looks like that but with my hair, you can add some of your own hair if you want.”
My legs are in a fight
Near the end of the year, I like to fill the days with fun active games so my students leave the school year with fun memories of music. One of those games is a relay singing game, at the end of the song the students have to race to the back of their team and roll the ball through their team’s legs (who are standing in a wide V). This alone leads to some interesting comments in first and second grade; “YOU NEED TO SPREAD YOUR LEGS” “IS THAT REALLY AS FAR AS YOU CAN SPREAD THEM? UGH”
I was showing the students how to stand and I said: “okay my legs are in a wide V like you’re about to do a jumping jack.”
A first-grade boy in the front row said (laughing) “haha your legs must be so mad at each other, you’re going to have to spread your legs forever Ms. Hayden.”
A picture is worth a thousand words?
Last but my favorite so far, this isn’t a weird thing but one of the best pictures I’ve ever gotten from a student. I see one of my favorite kindergarten classes at the very end of the day for 40 minutes. Any other music teacher knows that kindergarten is not really ready to learn new material at the very end of the day. On top of it being the end of the day, it’s a harder class when it comes to being chatty and following directions. I truly love these kiddos so much, but sometimes (like last week) they push my patience.
I had this really fun parachute game planned, as well as a story and a rhythm lesson. The class was having a really hard time listening and wouldn’t stop talking, I even remember staring at the class while they were out of control thinking “well this isn’t going well.”
Anyways we had a rough day and we didn’t get to complete our lesson, I told their teacher at the end of class. The next day their writing activity was to write me apology letters for not listening.
This class deserves an award for the most creative drawing because I got multiple pictures of me playing the flute, purple cats, plenty of hearts and pictures of me singing.
My favorite one has to be this one below that depicted me very angry and a boy on his knees begging for forgiveness. When I saw him in the hall and told him that I loved his picture because it had so much detail, he got down on his knees to show me what he drew! It made my day.
By the way, I rarely get mad at my students and I’ve raised my voice probably 3 times since I started teaching so I LOVE this face he put on me.. and my hair is awesome.
But seriously, pray for me and hope that I can get through the rest of the year with them.
Have you jumped over and checked out my Facebook page? You might be rewarded with many cat pictures if you do.