Discussion in 'General Education' started by callmebob, Feb 13, 2015.
Feb 13, 2015
Anyone else hate days like this in the classroom. Particularly elementary classrooms.
Yes! Well, any day that throws off my students' routine is annoying. It's my first year teaching 1st grade, and we had noticeably more behavior problems due to the excitement of our Valentine's Day party (and the 3 day weekend coming up).
When I taught 4th grade, the kids could handle the excitement better and it was pretty fun.
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite days as a teacher most years. I have had 1 or 2 years where the party has gone wrong, and I wasn't the one leaving the day smiling.
What I love about Valentines Day, is it is the one true time that all the students are really, really happy. All students have a huge supply of little cardboard Valentines with some cheap candy. No one is left out, often no one is complaining, and everyone is in such huge smiles from such innocent little items.
I think the world could learn a lesson by watching an elementary school classroom on Valentine's Day. I know I have.
I felt very happy yesterday watching the pure joy on my students' faces as they got their Valentines. They had a blast. I have a really low tolerance for noise but yesterday I let it all go. We had a good time.
Actually, I just remembered that one of my favorite moments ever teaching was on Valentine's Day -- my worst behaved student, who was always in the office or suspended for aggressive behavior (occasionally directed at me), had extra heart stickers. He gave me all of them, along with a superhero Valentine's Day card. For a few moments, all was right with the world.
Nope. I love it....handwritten cursive notes from third graders..overloads of chocolates and roses shyly handed by boys rolling their eyes, kids exchanging valentines, I saw two kids hugging today over a Hershey's bar exchange....yes they are wound up as we are headed into a weeklong break...but I love my kiddos, I love what I do..
I was helping with the third graders today during their Valentine party! I'm a "specials" teacher, so don't always get to be involved in homeroom activities like parties, etc. They were so cute with their Valentines, such a fun age.
100% agree with this!
Valentines Day is exhausting, as our other days like it, but I love seeing my kids happy. Several kids were so excited to give me their sweet hand written cards and little gifts. Among other things, I got a little stuffed cat (kids know I adore cats), a hand drawn picture of myself with things I like drawn in the background, and three kinds of sour patch kids from a boy who stealthily found out what my favorite candy was. They can be so thoughtful. Also, they of course LOVE passing out cards and candy to each other.
I felt the same way about our party the day before our 2 week Christmas break. It's nice to just take a little time every now and then to just have FUN with the kids.
I allowed 20 minutes at the end of the day for kids to open valentines. They were crazy excited. It was short and sweet (no party, no treats)!
Feb 14, 2015
V-Day wasn't too bad. I taught 6th graders, so they wanted none of the lovely shenanigans. Mostly it was a few games, maybe a movie, fun day.
My least favorite teaching days were St. Patrick's Day, and April 1.
April 1st is my favorite. I tell the kids that they can only do pranks if they are good ones. Because the pranks I usually pull shine bright, I don't go for the little things.
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