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a day in the life…

April 25, 2013

Whaaaaaaaat’s up?

I sometimes feel like since I basically broadcast my life via instagram I am a loss when I open my blog and am staring at my blank screen with that cursor just blinking at me. I feel like my pictures are basically self-explanatory of what I have going on. Then I try to write my blog and I feel repetitive. Anyone else out there feel me?

I guess it should come as no surprise because really I AM NOT THAT INTERESTING. Ha! What is interesting is my job. When you are a teacher everyday is a new adventure especially teaching the younger grades. I teach 2nd and the kids are 7-8 year olds. The conversations we have! Oh my goodness. The hardest thing about that age group is they are very literal. They don’t know sarcasm or wit. They are as literal as they can be and sometimes that leads to some very interesting exchanges. Along with that, their young minds are soaking up facts and information so quickly that sometimes it gets muddled and their responses to things are hilarious.

Here are a few of my faves:

1. We started our persuasive writing unit and I wrote on the board this writing prompt, “Convince Mrs. Bruneman that chocolate cake is better than vanilla. Remember to use at least 3 reasons with 3 details under each reason. (Hint: Mrs. Bruneman REALLY likes vanilla cake so you have your work cut out for you).” To me, that seemed clear as day. But more than half my class sat reading the board looking utterly stumped. Finally one little girl timidly raised her hand and said, “Mrs. Bruneman, I am so confused. I can’t figure out what we are supposed to be cutting out?” Teacher Fail.

2. We did a lesson on comparative adjectives. You know tall, taller, tallest. After the lesson we were practicing and this little girl excitedly shot her hand into the air saying, “Mrs. Bruneman, I got it!” I asked her to share and she proudly announced, “Mrs. Bruneman is the heaviest in the class!” Hum. Well yes, yes I am but……Ha!

3. A few Fridays ago, I had on what I would consider to be a fun outfit. I had on skinny jeans some neon yellow and gold sandals, a black tank top and a striped summer scarf. I thought I looked great! A little boy, upon walking into the classroom, said, “Mrs. Bruneman your outfit it sick!” Well thanks….I think.

4. With about 5 minutes to go before the bell, my class was sitting on the carpet in the front of the room. We were chatting. One little boy raised his hand and said, “Mrs. Bruneman this summer I am going to Boston!” That sparked a bunch of hands in the air all wanting to tell me about upcoming summer trips. I called on one boy who said, “I am going to London.” With that, another student yelled out, “London? Is that where the Leaning Tower of Pizza is?” I will admit, even I couldn’t stifle my laugh.

5. I had a student lose a tooth. She was so proud. The next day she came in all excited to tell me about the Tooth Fairy. “Mrs. Bruneman, the Tooth Fairy left me $5 last night for my tooth!” “Five Dollars!”, I said, “When I was a kid my parents only left me a quarter.” Insert weird look and a nod. Teacher Fail. (Fortunately she didn’t catch on and the next tooth she lost we repeated that scene but with a much more appropriate response from me!) Whew!

One thing is certain, I laugh a lot and I learn a lot. Who says 8 year olds can’t teach a 32-year-old? They do. Every single day. 🙂

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Elena permalink
    April 25, 2013 10:00 am

    Reading this blog reminds me of many conversations with my own second grader! Your class is very lucky to have such a great teacher!

  2. Erika permalink
    April 25, 2013 11:25 am

    When I taught third grade it was the hundredth day of school so I put 100 rubber bands in my hair. All the girls said I looked like Britney Spears (pre-breakdown, this was over 10 years ago). I was feeling very cool until one boy said, “Mrs. Simono, you would look like Britney Spears if you lost a little weight, if you know what I mean…”. Um OK, thanks for that!

  3. Bex permalink
    April 25, 2013 11:25 am

    Love this. And you are not boring, I love reading about your life. 🙂

  4. April 25, 2013 12:05 pm

    LOVE this post…please post more of these- brought a big smile to my face 😀

  5. April 25, 2013 2:39 pm

    Haha, sounds like you have some interesting conversations! Kids really do say the craziest things. Makes like so much more interesting…

  6. April 25, 2013 3:06 pm

    These are so funny! I can imagine that you get to laugh a lot with those kids!

  7. Tori permalink
    April 25, 2013 3:53 pm

    Um I LOVE this. I teach fifth and sixth grade and while there are tons of funny moments, I miss younger kiddos!

  8. Tina permalink
    April 25, 2013 4:51 pm

    Oh my..the things we hear in the classroom. Every teacher has a few “literal” faves…here’s one of mine: a little boy rushed up to me prancing and hopping. When I asked him what he needed, he said he had to go to the restroom. Sensing his “urgency”, I told him, “Then, GO!” So, he did. Right in the middle of the floor!

  9. May 7, 2013 5:15 am

    Ooh..kids are the best, aren’t they. There are many times I can’t control my laughter. Some things just make you go.. huh? … Like when a student last year asked me where to “rock trees” were when to were doing a unit on rocks.

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