Today’s post is brought to you by the letters F-U-N!

Today, for the first time all year my students engaged in some premeditated FUN!  That’s right we had fun, and lots of it.  We spent the entire 72 minute block playing The Outsiders Jeopardy.  It was Socs vs. Greasers competing for Jolly Ranchers, the title of the “Rumble Cup” (which I would draw on the chalk board above the winning team’s name after each game).  That’s right folks.  I gave my kids candy AND they didn’t have to lift a pencil the ENTIRE period.  Best! Day! Ever!

I divided each of my classes into two teams, and then the game was on.  It’s funny how the same kids who greeted me with “Do we have to play Jeopardy?” and “I’m not playing” and “This is dumb!  I don’t want to play!” are the same kids who, after one round, were yelling words of encouragement to their classmates.  “Stay Gold Brandon!”  and “We got this one guys!  If we get this one right we’re all goin’ out for some chicken.  Wait- Miss Lewis?  Will you take us to Popeye’s?”

The last time I laughed this much with my students was when I took a class outside for an activity, and when nobody was looking, we ran to the adjacent elementary school’s playground equipment, and we all went down the bumpy slide that is forbidden to the “middle school riff-raff”.

…and just when I thought the day couldn’t get any better, we ended with the annual school talent show.  For the most part, the show consisted of a lot of Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber being sung to YouTube karaoke tracks, but it was pretty fun. Two boys did magic tricks, one girls played the violin, and of course the staff… well… it was a sight to behold. 

I hope you enjoy our rendition of the YouTube sensation, “Double Dream Hands.”  You can probably spot me. I’m the one in the front who clearly over practiced.  In all fairness, I do have 9 years of dance lessons under my belt, and I was a cheerleader for 8th grade football AND 8th grade volleyball- YES it’s a real thing! (We had the dance video projected on the back wall to help us out but the video froze and did not match our music. I think that was what really made our performance amazing. )  Enjoy and here’s to one more week of school.

Post Update

 After receiveing a string of HEATED emails from a co-worker today, I felt obligated to take the video off of YouTube.  But after much careful consideration, and this worderful email sent out the entire staff (as a response to said HEATED emails):


 I think you were about 200 cell phones too late to not want to be on YOUTUBE.  Didn’t you notice everyone in the audience filming us?!?  That is the joys of this day in age.  Someone somewhere is filming all the time.  Enjoy your 15 minutes, it is all good! 

 I decided to put the video back up.  So here it is.  Enjoy it for real this time.  🙂


We-we-we so Excited

After I finished reading the first chapter of The Outsiders to my 2nd Block, I let the kids work with partners to complete their activity packets.  I was instantly impressed by how on task my students were.   I approached a couple of boys who appeared to be having a very intense discussion.

Student 1:  “Well, I think she was making a good choice because she got fresh before she had her cereal.  If she didn’t have cereal, she would have been hungry later.  Sometimes I don’t eat breakfast and I always regret it.”

Student 2:  “Well, then she gets to bus stop and that car pulls up- I don’t really think those kids even want to give her a ride.”

Student 1:  “I know right.  There’s two sittin in the front seat and two sittin in the back seat, and she has to think about which seat she can take?  There’s only one available.  I suppose they could have scooted over so she wouldn’t have to sit in the middle, but it’s not like anyone is going to give up their front seat.” 

Student 2:  “I like how she pretends it’s a life and death choice.  There’s no debate here.  There’s only one seat open. There is no choice to make.”

Student 1:  “And some times she doesn’t even ride in the seat.  That’s not safe.  The right choice would have been to wear a seatbelt.  Instead she rode on the hump.”

Student:  “Yah. hee hee hee… Her friends made her ride bitch.”