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Veronica and Her Pinata

May 26th, 2009 Comments off


This is how hard Veronica works at Cedar Canyon Elementary.  During Field Day last week, she decided that it would be more fun to ride a pinata than do actual work.  Feel free to make your own jokes.

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Miss Funk’s Chocolate

May 7th, 2009 Comments off

In our classroom, Miss Funk has an ever-growing pile of chocolate. I’m sure that, eventually, she will eat it, but it drives the kids crazy that she still hasn’t eaten them.

Today in class, Keagan picks up the chocolate apple and says, “You should split that in two and put both halves in my mouth.”

I’m sure going to miss these guys when I go to the junior high next year to work.

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The Election Through Childrens’ Eyes

November 4th, 2008 Comments off

Today at work, several students asked me who I was voting for in the election.  I told them that I had already voted, nearly two weeks ago.  With a gleam in their eyes, they asked me whom I had picked.  That gleam turned to confusion and sneers when I responded, “Obama.”

The most innocent response was, “But, he’s a deomocrat.”  Uh, duh.  I know that.  It was cute, though, because she was almost reviled by the fact that a person would vote democrat.  It seems that they can’t fathom someone not voting republican.

Another student was amusing and frightening at the same time.  She said to me, “You’re voting for Obama?” with such disbelief in her voice that I scrunched up my eyebrows when telling her yes.  Her response to that was, “But he doesn’t honor the flag or wear a pin.”

I threw her for a loop when I said, “Neither do I.” She had a look of horror on her face and I suddenly remembered last week, when we were learning about the Pledge of Allegiance’s history.  This girl was among those who thought it was wrong to not stand for or say the pledge.

Her views were clearly written on her face.  She continued with, “You know Obama is going to raise your taxes.”  My first thought was I wished that a teaching assistant actually made that much money to get into that tax bracket.

Instead, I tried to explain to her that every president eventually raises taxes in one way or another.  I wanted to explain the differences between Obama and McCain’s tax plans, but I don’t think this particular 10-year old could fully grasp it.  The best she could do is memorize the republican talking points.

A third student told me that if Obama got elected, then the economy was going to collapse.  I guess she doesn’t understand economics, nor had she looked at the DOW before she made that comment.  Then again, she is only 11.
My favorite response of the day was from the class wise-ass.  He said, “You’re voting for Obama?”  I nodded and he said, “Good, you get to live.”

Today, the class voted for their presidential candidate, though they were only given a choice of Obama and McCain and not McKinney, Barr, Baldwin, or Nader.  We’ll find out the results tomorrow.  I wonder if the results will end up in a lively, ill-informed discussion with a bunch of 10-12 year olds or if the subject will be dropped once they know the results.

The saddest part of the day is the realization that these kids are still more informed than some of the adults I’ve run into, online and off, in the past few weeks.

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Back to School Already

August 31st, 2008 Comments off

Well, we’ve completed the first two weeks back to school and, so far, things have been going mostly smoothly. Cedar Canyon is serving breakfast again this year and, yours truly, gets the duty of ringing up the kids. It sucked the first week because there were a lot of new kids and I couldn’t remember their names. I also had the added task of remembering kids’ names from last year. Their last names to be exact. I never bothered learning them because I didn’t think I needed to. Well, that came back to bite me in the ass this year. Fortunately, it’s mostly the same kids every morning so I’ve got most of them memorized right now.

The only thing that I don’t care for is the high number of duties assigned to me. I’ve got nine duties while everyone else has three or four. It kind of sucks, but I’m trying to be positive. I’ve got two lunch duties, which means that I get to eat for free at the school when I have lunch duty. At least I don’t have to make my lunch two days a week.

I’m also still not used to going to school in August. It just seems wrong. And it’s way too hot here for it too. The nice part is that we get out in May. The work is also easy and I can’t really complain about what I have to do. It pays well and I work a lot less than any other job I’ve ever had.

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And We Laughed, Even Though We Shouldn’t Have

May 19th, 2008 Comments off

As we near the end of the school year, everyone is getting anxious to leave for a well-deserved break.  The lovely “there’s no pizza in Italy” student was at it again today.

While in math class, the students were learning about different shapes, such as cubes, pyramids, cones, etc.  We, eventually, had to cut the shapes out and make 3D models of them.  When the teacher was going through the definitions of the shapes, we got to the rectangular prism.

Fantastically, this student said, “A rectangular prison?  You mean like this school?”

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