Thursday, May 18, 2006

Reason I Teach #4

This note was put on my desk today by one of my students. She got caught chewing gum in the auditorium by another teacher. I told her I would give her the rest of the day to show me good behavior, and if she did, I wouldn't make her flip her card*. Please remember I teach 1st grade. The spelling is always the best part.
























I did not make her flip her card.

*In my classroom we have a color coded behavior chart. Green is good. Blue is warning. Yellow is note home. Pink is office referral. If students misbehave, they have to "flip their card" to the next color. It's devastating to them. I'm sure someday they will laugh at the fact that flipping their card to blue caused them weep uncontrollably in front of all of their classmates.

57 comments:

darth said...

awww..the spelling is awesome :)) :))

and darth jr. used to have the card flipping thing too at his school. according to him, he never had a card flipped :p

jackt said...

Ms Rose. I am so sorry. I have a pan on my butt. It's vere vere panful. :)

ducklet said...

OMFG

for years i never knew why i would sometimes wail uncontrollably upon seeing the color blue

it's all coming back...

thank you, ms. rose. i can now lock the doors to my happy place and throw away the key.

brianna said...

i actually thought the handwriting was pretty good for a 1st grader :o) what does that say about me?

jungle jane said...

i love how she capitalised every word.

You should mention about commas Ms Wose...

Brookelina said...

Darth - so you fell for that one did you? Parents...

Jackt - I'm very sorry about your butt. Do you need the name of a good doctor?

Brando - I am your happy place, baby.

Brianna - She does have good handwriting! She also likes to write me notes in script, which she doesn't know how to do yet. Needless to say it's indecipherable.

JJ - her writing is better than many bloggers out there. You should see this one chick, I think her name is Traci-Lee.

jungle jane said...

Brooke, i know Traci Lee. She's a stunner, that one. Shame she's a bit of a slapper, innit?

Knitty Kitty said...

I remember substituting in an elementary class, all the students kept telling me to flip cards on the kids they didn't like.
bunch of wankers.

Toby said...

Well, I sure hope I don't find hair balls in my bed.

Beware, Brooke, of teaching such youngsters for long. I'm sure you do it well, but what concerns me is after 30 years of it you'll see everyone as a 1st grader. And worse treat them as such. I worked for a man who taught 7th grade math for 30 years and he has no skills. None! One day he was wearing women's perfume. I assume he grabbed his wife's bottle, but rather than showering again, he came in to work.

He talked down to all the employees, kind of like 7th grade baby talk. Everything had to be done his way, even though it was the most difficult way.

I'm babbling, I can't think of a more appropriate place.

Bill said...

Blue's my favourite colour. So I must be in constant warning mode. Perhaps that explains my high anxiety levels. :-)

Brookelina said...

JJ - you say slapper like it's a bad thing.

KK - oh little ones live to tattle. I tell my kids that they have to pay me a dollar if they want to tattle. If I really took their money I could retire.

Toby - your concern is valid. However teaching is my second career, so I think I'm safe. By the time I'm ready to retire I'll be an old fart treating everyone like a first grader anyway. Now quit your babbling or you'll flip your card.

Bill - or it could be those little blue pills you keep popping...

ChickyBabe said...

Aww...I have to remember not to be a pan in the but today, or my butt will be on fire!

Janet said...

That child will grow up to be a lobbyist. That was ever so eloquent for her age.

When I got in trouble in first grade, we were simply told to write sentences on the board. The fact that none of us knew how to write sentences for a good portion of our 1st grade lives made this punishment, *gulp* absolutely terrifying.

Amy said...

I loved it when I was teaching 1st grade and I had a student (Patrick) who would cry at a drop of a hat - sobbed one day when I sent him to another teacher's room.

Spinning Girl said...

How much do I love the card flip? That is so cute.

Today I told 3 boys I would call their mommies if they didn't cut it out. (they are 13)

Another boy laughed, so I said, and YOU, I'm calling your DAD.

No more laughing.

Übermilf said...

My car smells like watermelon gum.

I would try to find out why, but I'm sure I don't want to dislodge it from the carpet and I rather enjoy the smell.

Cards? You mean you don't beat them with rulers?

Neil said...

I didn't even read the post. Just glad you're back.

Vince said...

She's so cute--You ought to give her a "get out of flip" free card!

Dan-E said...

way too many color charts these days.

MoDigli said...

I used the card system in elementary school, too!!!! I love those damn cards! and I miss them, too. and I've been missing you, as a matter of fact!!!

so - with that note, did you make her flip her card or what?!

MoDigli said...

Yeah. Just re-read that bit about not making her flip the card at the bottom of your post!

Pixie Sprinkle said...

What does "good behaviour" mean, aunty brooke?

Mone said...

thats the love... she still wants to make you happy ;)

Dora and Tina said...

I'm glad you didn't flip her card. That note was very thoughtful and honest....and we know that honesty is the best policy. She sure gave her spelling a red-hot go. Brings back memories of a time when I taught the little ones.

*tear*

JJ said...

The lawyer's guild against personal responsibility will be suing you for cruel and unusual treatment in 3... 2... 1...

Nick said...

Was she actually sorry or was she just telling you what you wanted to hear so you wouldn't make her flip her card.

You know when I was in school we had real punishments.

Anita said...

(feminist emerges)
Pink is office referral? Hmm. Are these colors arbitrary or is there actually some teaching methodology behind the choice?

Pink = bad seems sexist. Is all.

(feminist crawling back into hole)

Lo Lo Lova said...

Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.

Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about.

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.

Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've hot him on the spot, welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

MISSED YOU BROOKIE!

PS: grate cistem for punesheeg kidz!

Toby said...

I love Welcome Back Kotter.

Egan said...

Cool, a new post. You've inspired me to become a teacher.

Cactus Prick said...

How many sides do these cards have?

Nick said...

How is associating the color pink with being bad even remotely sexist?

That's stupid.

If you start assigning gender to colors no one will ever be happy. Everytime one of your gender colors gets used in a negative way people will shout "Racism", "Sexism" or whatever, and then we will never be able to use colors for anything ever and all of our clothes will be white and then some racist black guy will get pissed cause he has to wear white clothes and the North Korean military will launch a nuclear strike against us because yellow is one of our terror alert levels. Humanity will be destroyed and there will be nothing left but scorched earth. How does that fit in to your feminist ideology?

It's only a color, let it go.

Toby said...

Steve Buscemi had a problem with being Mr. Pink.

Tumbleweed said...

That's adorable! I have a first grader and she always writes me notes like that when she gets upset and doesn't want to talk. What a wonderful age!

Brookelina said...

Chicky - you'll have a pink butt!

Janet - I love that someday my kids will remember me for stuff like this.

Amy - I used to hate making kids cry. Now I don't even notice. I've turned into a heartless bitch. No wait...already was one.

SG - I could not handle the teens. You are a good woman.

Ubie - I have a few that I would snap like a twig if it didn't result in being fired. And there's the jail thing too.

Neil - that's ok. I never read your posts either.

Vince - I may have to use that - a get out of flip free card - I love it.

Dan - I'm sorry, I don't mean to be so confusing for you.

MoMo - I love the color chart! It rocks. My kids work very hard to have "all green days" for the class.

Brookelina said...

Pixie - your mommy is a nightmare.

Mone - that's why I love this grade, they are still so lovey and anxious to please.

Dora and Tina - ummm...ok.

JJ - God I love lawyer jokes.

Nick - real punishments? Do tell.

Anita - I have absolutely no idea how to respond to this comment.

Lo Lo - I missed you too my anal twin!
That came out wrong...

Toby - me too.

Egan - you would be an awesome teacher, I've told you that already.

Prick - did you see the lawyer joke up there? hehehe

Nick - this rocks. I've only just gotten back and there is already a fight on my blog.

Toby - Steve Buscemi has many problems, starting with his teeth.

Weedie - I get at least a dozen love notes a day from my kids. The custodians are always giggling over them after school.

Toby said...

Brooke, you should compile them into a book. Gold mine.

Nick said...

Sorry, Brooke, it had to be done.

Brookelina said...

Toby - I have several books in me. No wonder I can't lose this excess weight.

Nick - I'm with ya brutha.

yournamehere said...

You mean all I had to do in school to avoid trouble was write a note like that?

My exaggerated eye-rolling and sighing sure as hell didn't help.

Toby said...

Excuses, excuses. - Frank McCourt

Brookelina said...

Todd - cards are not flipped for eye rolling. Eye rolling brings on a day from hell the likes of which these little monsters have never known.

Toby - fuck that guy is depressing.

Dinah said...

That's so awesome. When my mom taught second grade one of my favourite things was reading their creative writing books. I don't know how teachers manage to keep it all together.

Toby said...

War and Bush are depressing. Smile why/when the sun shines.

Betty on the Beach said...

You're BACK! Whoopie!

Betty on the Beach said...

You're BACK! Whoopie!

matty said...

What an awesome note! That child is my new hero.

...intersting, tho. My card would have always been pink. Fitting, eh?

sandra said...

I am totally the person who would have cried if forced to flip my color in elementary school. Whether I should be horrified that I was such a nerd or pleased that I wanted to be good...still not sure.

Incidentally, any way to make the site able to be commentable-on (yes, fabulous grammar) if someone doesn't have a blogger account? I kind of want to check out some of your funny commenter's sites, but can't get there!

Übermilf said...

I've been drinking gin and i didna't have much dinner and now I" m tipsoy.

I don't r have ahanyone to talkd to on ICHATe

Where is aegvery byo9dy?

Dana said...

Hi! Look at you, writing a post!

Look at me, reading it and clapping my hands with glee.

/clap, clap, clap

Girl With An Alibi said...

I like the card flipping idea. I'm going to have to share that with my best friend. My godson (her son) is a handful.

Toby said...

The horse has been kicked, The cat is dead

Melliferous Pants said...

Holy CUTE!

Once again, you make me wanna teach. I'm considering a crazy plan to get my sorry ass through school. When I have it a little more thought out I may ask for your opinion.

Think Frustrated said...

the amazing thing is that you were gone for like a month, and you still get fifty comments on your site

Thérèse said...

Heeheeheehee. I remember this sort of thing from when I was a kid. We had stickers that would go on a crown that would go on our heads at the end of the year and the kid with the most stickers would... um... have the most stickers.

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