I went to a writing workshop where the presenter said something interesting - go figure. He pointed out that a lot of times teachers receive notes or pictures from their children, but never write back to them. So I started to. My little attitude problem noticed that I had written a note back to a student, so she promptly wrote one to me. This was on the cover:
The contents were as follows:
"Dear Mr. B,
I do think you are in love how old are you. and you're sometimes mean could you be a lot eacy on us? oh on sometimes you're funny when you dance it Funny when you do have a nice day By.
Sweet Mother of Mary*"
I think I'm going to start a class post office so my students can write notes to me and to each other. This should prove HIGHLY entertaining.
As a teacher, one takes every available opportunity for an ego boost. Example: I made up an activity where the kids had to use a dictionary and thesaurus. Question 5 said, "Complete this sentence using a fun word: "Mr. B is such a (an) _______ teacher." (PS a "fun" word is something other than good, bad, mean, nice, etc.) Words the kids found to describe me:
I have some interesting aspiring authors in my class. A sampling:
caNt cotchHiM theNHe
And the future poet laureat of the United States (formatting of text has been preserved from the original.):
I like to Play video games
and i playing outside
and play Games
*names have been changed.