We Are Family! Part 2


Okay, Dear Readers,

I’m back. I’ve been so underwhelmed this year by my passion for teaching. It just wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened, but I just didn’t have it. It seems like I was only able to bring my “B” game this year. Not bad, but not good. It’s barely above average, and average is not an adjective I want to ascribe to myself. So, I took a break for a couple of days and am now on to summer planning. I cannot bring my “B” game anymore. I will write more later on being a family. Bye for now!

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“No,” I Said. (or He Couldn’t Have Any!)


One of my students proposed a contest for the end of the year. The deal: If they read 3 books each the last 2 weeks of school, I would get them donuts and pizza. Well, one student, who never does anything, decided that he didn’t want to read. That’s when I told him that if he didn’t read, then he wouldn’t get any of the treats. He didn’t believe me.

Well, he had no choice but to believe me once I gave out the donuts. He must have forgotten my earlier admonishment three weeks ago because he got in line. I politely told him that he didn’t do any of the work, so he could not have a doughnut.

Later, when the pizza arrived, he again lined up.

“No,” I said. “You didn’t read any books, so you don’t get any of the treats!”

He was surprised and hurt, but it didn’t matter. There was no way I was going to reward him for doing nothing. Two of the students even volunteered to read the books he didn’t. So, it would be more than unfair to reward him for that. That’s why I said N.O.!!!

I Want This One…


Dear Readers,

Today, the cutest happened. Two of the third grade students, who were supposed to be in my class next year, wanted to borrow books. They asked me ahead of time if they could come up at lunchtime and I told them yes. I totally forgot and went to warm up my food. By the time I walked back to my classroom, they were waiting for me.

“I want this one!” said Orchid as she and Laverne pored over the books.

“Ooh, I’m going to get this one,” said Laverne.

They were super excited!

“Mrs. B., can you find me a book?” asked Orchid.

I was happy to oblige since she respects my opinion. I picked an Amber Brown book and a couple of others. She finally settled on a Magic Tree House book by Mary Pope Osbourne & a Bailey School Kids book by Marcia T. Jones & Debbie Dadey. Laverne picked more Magic Treehouse Books.

I was so happy they were happy. Well, until next time!