Saturday, December 20, 2008

a little misunderstanding

So, it was last Friday afternoon, when I noticed one of my so sweet fourth graders, or so I thought, had a note she was writing on instead of doing her work! Being the on the ball teacher that I am, I immediately collected the note and went on teaching.

It was later that night that I reached into the depths of my pocket and pulled out this note a.k.a. distraction of learning. When I looked at its words it said the most appalling things on it. Students name = fat. Another student's name = fat! I was so shocked that I set the note down and thought..."Well that little meanie!" I am so glad that I took that note from her!

All weekend I toiled over the fact that this little girl had turned into a cold hearted bully. It pained me so.

That is, until school Monday morning. This little fourth grader came up to me and said, "Mrs. Erickson?" I answered yes and tried to squint at her so that she had known I was still going to talk to her about the note. "May I have that note back that you took from me on Friday?" In my head I was thinking, "Yeah right! What are you smoking?" Until she continued with her plea.

She informed me that she needed the note because it told her what kind of penguin to draw everyone for our winter party. She had gone around and asked each child what kind they wanted. Skinny or fat.

Oh humbling. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

tv shows

I think my favorite tv shows are ones that are very opposite of me.

*America's Next Top Model. Tyra is hands down too dramatic. I hate drama. Modeling? Yuck. I would rather be rolling in the dirt or playing soccer. Yet, folks, I gotta say, I love the show.

*The Hills. Are you kidding me? Spencer gets to sit home all day and be a baby! My mom would say "Get over it and get a job."

*So You Think you Can Dance...Well, I was in ballet once. A fifth grader-in a fourth grade class-enough said.

Shows that don't fit my rule of being opposite: The Office, I like funny. Lost, I like trees.

Friday, August 29, 2008

three reasons why fourth graders are funny

1. They want to listen to my "pop" music over and over on my ipod, although the main hit is "Science Lab Saftey."

2. In making a prewriting likes/dislikes list for writing, a funny little guy added "animated fruit" to his likes list.

3. In working on a group writing project (two boys/two girls) a boy said to the girl, "Fine, you can write, but it can't be girly...and NO ponies!"

Sunday, August 10, 2008


This bench has been on my mind since we returned home from our trip to MN. In an area right alongside the Mississippi River one might take a rest on this cement bench.

Yet, what is cemented in my mind is the question of how in the world did this bench evolve?

Can you imagine a group of designers sitting around brainstorming and then someone saying that they would like to make a butt mark for a bench? Could this matter have really been considered in a serious manner?
Or, perhaps someone (it is hard to tell the gender from a butt mark) just always wanted to lay their hands in fresh cement, but decided to go all out and leave their behind behind. Who knows.

Friday, August 8, 2008

i think...

i just like to see new things pop up. pete, don't roll your eyes.


I can see how this is addicting.

what am i doing?

This is very overwhelming. How does a person start this endeavor? This might just have to do for now. Peter, don't judge me.