Tuesday, March 27, 2012

10 Things I Won't Let My Students Do!

I was inspired by this really funny blog post I saw on Baby Centers blog... Ten Things I Won't Let My Kids Do. Well... I am a list person and so I thought it would be fun to write some posts like this. So my first... Ten Things Tuesday Post...  10 Things I Won't Let My Student Do!

1. Put their chairs on their tables.... With my luck someone would get poked in the eye!  We stack them, but I had to get special permission to do so.

2. Go down the slide more than one at a time... First strike you are out is the rule for my kids!

3. Tie shoes... sorry kids pee on the floor, kids walk on the floor, kids pee on their shoes!

4. Use my markers... No no no!  I give them their own.

5. Touch my pocket charts... I teach from them. if they do, the pieces get lost and we can never find them.

6. Share food... My son has a peanut allergy and I don't want to be the one to discover a severe food allergy! Scary!

7. Answer questions they already know the answer to... "Can I go to the bathroom?" or "Can I sharpen my pencil?" Most of the time they know the answer and they just want to talk to you.

8. Interrupt me... I teach them very early on to wait their turn.  This is so hard for little learners who are used to "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom!"  We talk a lot about how no one is more important than anyone else.  By me not responding to it, I feel like I don't enable it and it usually stops.  Every once and awhile it picks back up... but after we talk about it it usually stops.

9. Watch movies unless it has a true academic purpose... We have done one movie this year and it's only because my whole team did it and I did not want to be the new snobby teacher (which we were talked to about as a group - whew... so glad I did.)

10. Hug me... Sorry... My kids know I love them, I show it through my words and actions that don't include hugs.

So I am going to try every Tuesday to post a list. I made this first one like the Baby Center Post... But I promise they will be topics where you can learn something or laugh or reflect yourself.

Comment below what you won't let your students do...for link up your own fun list!

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  1. I am the same way with movies! It drives me crazy when movies just happen for no reason. My kids love educational movies anyway. We watched a video of how a recyclery runs and they were riveted! Our only movie so far was Harriet the Spy, the day before winter break, while I pulled kids aside to finish assessing. We'd read the book aloud and compared/ contrasted the movie and book, discussing which one we liked better. I loved seeing so many of them realize for the first time that a book could be better than the movie version!

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    1. I know huh! I will do meaningful clips I find... but I just feel like my kinders (year after year) would rather be playing some fun game than just sitting there. I always felt like I would spend more time telling kids to stop talking etc during a movie. =) I have never tried it compare and contrast this way though with Little Learners... but they like that lesson! Something to consider! =)

  2. I can completely relate about not letting your students touch your markers. I am VERY territorial about my markers. Love this list idea!


  3. Kinder or judging just wondering why no hugs? I teach kindergarten also and even if I didn't want to hug them, they are difficult to stop. Just curious.

    1. Just not a hugger. I actually have a bubble and when we crowd a table for kids to watch a demo or something they know I get the end of the table and they get the other three sides. My kids will say... you are in her bubble. LoL! Because I don't hug my kids does not mean I don't love them dearly. My kids have tons of praise and smiles. And I am not against an encouraging pat on the back or a high five... they actually get those all the time. =) Just not a hugger.

    2. I understand, the kids I have are sometimes in a big need of a hug...may be the only one they get that day so don't stop them...but to each his own.

    3. Very true... I never said I don't ever hug my kids and I always give them a hug if they truly need it. But it's when they truly need it. :-)

  4. Completely agree about not tying shoes. Gross!! I gag when they come up to me with wet shoelaces and ask me to tie them.

  5. I agree with you on the movie thing. I try very hard to only show education movies or something that I can turn educational like comparing and contrasting The Polar Express book and movie. If I can't make it educational I won't do it!

  6. I could have written this list...I agree with #1 to #9. I can't stand it when I go to use a marker and my yellow is now black and the orange is smashed flat! I am a hugger and I hug all the time, my kids, last years' kids, siblings, but I get you completely, I like how your kids just your bubble concept. :)
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  7. I am with you on the slide. You go down it sitting on your bottom (not up) and one at a time or you don't use it. I don't want them to get hurt.
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