Random creativity

I’m looking to switch blogs into a more creative outlet to show my projects that I make. For starters, I’ll post this here so I can remember to do it for my house. I’ll be doing this soon; who else will? Comment below! 😀 #lisamariemakesthings 

Life as an assistant teacher (2): the vomit edition

I’ve been debating on whether or not to write about this past week. It was kind of a horrible one. But I have to admit, how Friday went was epic enough to give it its own post.

So where do I start? Monday was pretty bad since I had gotten sick the Saturday before. I woke up feeling like “I can’t go and I can’t do this” but I show up and find out that about four others of my co-workers were sick as well including the boss. So then I was semi-encouraged that I could get through the day with my supply of DayQuil. But then we haven’t been doing so great with the group of kids we have. These kids are allll over the place and trying to get their attention and focus so that THEY can learn something has been quite difficult. Behaviors such as not being able to keep their hands to themselves or the amount of times some of them are having accidents or incidences is just overwhelming.

Tuesday came, that was mandatory staff meeting day, post-bridal shower for a coworker and a doctor’s appointment. Now, let me just make mention that I’m usually running around taking care of things during the week (such as this doctor’s appointment so that I could get some antibiotics).

Wednesday was my worst day – left by my co-teacher (the lead) to basically run the class and felt like I was doing a lot of yelling. I felt horrible. But then when my coworker came back on Thursday we said they couldn’t have show and share because all the kids were being disrespectful to me. Le sigh. I had to ask for prayer from many sisters — however then Friday came.

A day to remember: One kid stayed home from the stomach bug. Another wanted to come to school after having thrown up but was sent home. Another came to school after throwing up and ended up epically throwing up on the floor and over another student even projectiling into her gaping mouth. So three kids, and the one who got vomited on? Totally tricked us into thinking she was sick too. Ridiculous. Believe it or not though – that entire week – Friday was probably the calmest day due to all the illnesses.
I had to clean up the student who got vomited on, and watched as the boss came in to help disinfect. It seems the stomach bug was going around recently and may still be among us.

But guys, seriously – don’t bring your kid to school when they’re sick. It spreads. Most memorable week of the year this far.

Signing off,
-Ms. L

Life as an assistant teacher (1)

I’ve started out what you would call my “second” year as an assistant PreK teacher. But you may excuse the fact that I was only around for the second half of last year and maybe that doesn’t count. I’m still learning a lot of things and trying to keep up.
My class is all over the place with different issues from each student that needs work.

But for now, I’ll share with you something that caught me off guard today: sleepwalking. When your student seemingly wakes up and walks directly to and aims for you, but isn’t, because you can tell with his glazed look that he isn’t awake. Here’s a little bud that follows me around.. And just suddenly popped up from his nap mat! Nonetheless as surprising as it was for me, since it was a first for my eyes, it made me laugh, since it struck up a conversation between me and my lead about how her children also are known for sleepwalking.

In other news, I love children’s books and songs that we read and sing and dance to with our students. I’ll have to list some out in my next post if I can remember!
Until next time,
Ms. L

Dear Lord,
In the same way in which you have such a heart for Your people, give me Your heart for man, for the kids I work with, for others, for people in general.

The Perfect Line

It’s a game. It’s called “the perfect line”. Not sure where it came from since I couldn’t find anything about it online afterward but I learned how to play this game today. I’m working across the street from my current building for the rest of the summer and they placed me with the third graders. Third grade had 10 girls and 5 boys, compared to last week when I was with the first graders and there were like 17 boys and 4 girls or something close to that effect.

Here’s how the game works:

1. Form groups of four. Line them up in front of you.

2. The game involves commands so teach it to them.

  • Command 1: “Change” ( person in the front of the line goes to the back of the line) Every time you say “change” your front line person must do this. 
  • Command 2: “Switch!” The second and fourth person in the line switch places. 
  • Command 3: “Rotate” Your line, if it’s facing you, needs to face the other direction. 
  • Command 4: You can only do this if your kids follow the other three commands. “Move”! They got it though. 

It’s really based on how well your kids can listen. It worked. I had 15 kiddos, the boys did a bad job at listening (what else is new?) but the girls did splendidly. Teehee. 

My work can be fun because it’s basically like getting paid to play with kids all day, and since i’m not really into having fun, I can be such a party pooper, but I’m learning to have fun too!