Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Teeny Tiny Teacher Guest Bloggy Treat!!

A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Hey peeps!  It's Kristin from A Teeny Tiny Teacher.  I'm a guest over here on Rebecca's blog because she won this in a giveaway.  Huh?  I know.  But it's true.  Instead of buying a gift card for her, I am just going to write one of my normal posts over here.  I feel like I'm getting away with something.  (Dave Ramsey would be proud.)  By the way, I love Rebecca and I feel quite comfy over here.  I may stay awhile. 

Yesterday, I wrote all about how I'm using Angry Birds as a management tool in my classroom.  And I mentioned that one of our class rewards was that I let the kids sit wherever they wanted to on the carpet.  ALL DAY.  That was HUGE.  I don't think I could have offered this to my class last year.  Not without running the risk of ending up in a mental institution. 

But my class earned it.  And they're sweet.  And I don't have anyone throwing chairs or dirt or rocks this year so I was pretty sure we could do it. 

(Do you have assigned seating on the carpet?  I just can't help it.  I need my struggling kids up front.  I have to have my wiggle worms close enough so that I can bop tap them on the head.  I need to separate the talkers.  I prefer to have the ones who come back from lunch with tummy trouble as far away from me as possible.  And my little high achievers can sit in the back.  I do switch kids when necessary, but for the most part, my kids have an assigned spot on the carpet.  Also in our lines.  But we won't go into that.) 

 When I announced that they were going to get to sit wherever they wanted to on the carpet, mass pandemonium broke out.  A cannon could have gone off in the room and we would have had no clue.

I told them once they picked a spot, they had to stay there for the whole day.  No new spots each time we came to the carpet. 

One of my little sweeties chose front and center.  Right in front of my legs.  He is ADORABLE.  I have him on the back row because I don't have to worry about him at all.  He listens.  He understands.  He follows directions.  He will do no wrong.  When he chose front and center, I felt really bad.  I wonder how long he's been wishing he could sit up front????  Awwwww. 

So . . . inevitably, all of my must-sit-on-the-front-row-so-that-I-can-tap-them-and-refocus-them-every-twenty-seconds kids went directly to the back row and sat down.  Of course.  No surprise there. 

The rest of the kids filled in and I got ready to teach a fun and engaging Houghton Mifflin lesson.  Everything to the core, you know. 

The Angry Birds Were In Effect. 

Right in the middle of my lesson, one of my squirmers (now on the very back row) raised his hand.  We'll call him Squirmer since I can't use his real name.  I'm pretty sure it's his real middle name so I hope I don't get into trouble. 

I called on him.  (WHY?  WHY?  I hadn't asked a question.  WHY?  I hit myself in the head.) 

Squirmer said, "I don't know how to say this." 

I did everything in my power not to roll my eyes. 

"What's up?" I asked. 

"Well, " Squirmer said, "She's not biting me . . . " 

I shook my head a little.  Tilted it.  Scrunched my eyes.  "What?" 

"She's not biting me . . . " he repeated. 

"Who?"  I ask.  "What?"  (Maybe I was teaching a lesson on Question Words and just didn't know it.) 

"Pippi," he replied.  "She's not exactly biting me . . . I don't know how to say it. "  He gestured with his hands as if he kept coming up empty.  He didn't know how to say it.  Gesture, gesture. 

We'll call said student Pippi because that's exactly who she is.  Imagine Pippi Longstocking and you've got her.  She's in my class this year.  She's everything you would imagine her to be. 

"Well, if she's not biting you, what's the trouble?" I asked.  Now I have my hand on a magnet because it's time to take one down.  Obviously.  I mean, this is a big time interruption that has nothing at all to do with the Core Curriculum of The Day. 

"She's not biting me . . . but she keeps putting her teeth on my knee," Squirmer said. 

 I blinked.  A few times. 

"Pippi's putting her teeth on your knee?" I asked. 

"Yes," Squirmer said. 

"Pippi?  Is this true?"  I asked. 

 Pippi (with her thumb in her mouth) nodded.  Sad face.  Nod. 

"Do your teeth hurt?" I asked. 

 Pippi (with her thumb in her mouth) nodded again.  Slowly.  Sadder face.  Nod . . . nod. 

"Do your teeth feel better when they're on Squirmer's knee?" I asked.  (Seriously.  This wasn't in the curriculum.  I checked.) 

Pippi (thumb STILL IN MOUTH) nodded again.  Slower.  Even sadder face.  Nod . . . nod . . . nod. 

"Okay, then."  Deep breath.  THINK.  THINK!   "Pippi, go get a kleenex and hold it against your teeth.  Squirmer, scoot way over . . . Farther.  A little more.  There.  Stay." 

 To Pippi, "If your teeth hurt, use your own knee, okay?" 

Since then, I have a wide variety of chew toys available in my classroom now.  It appears as if our pencils are the most popular.  Bookmarks are a close second. 

That was only for one day.  Now my kids are all back in their normal spots.  This way, I can keep a close eye on Pippi's chewing habits.  Wouldn't want anything to happen to my shoes . . .


Thank you soooo much to Kristin, from A Teeny Tiny Teacher, for my guest blogging over here today!! What a fabulous gift!! Whoo hoo!! I love you, girl!! 
Hugs and love,


  1. How fun! And of course Kristin didn't disappoint with a fun story :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  2. hahaha!! I don't know how I would have responded to that! lol...but girl, that made me seriously laugh out loud!

  3. That is awesome. I assigned seats all year but in the past month I have been more lax and let them sit wherever. When you have a miniature class like I do, it's sort of pointless to separate anyone... they're still all by each other. I adjust them if I need to and of course my boy who NEEDS to sit in the front chooses to sit off the carpet in the back corner. I wonder how many more times I will have to remind him that the corner isn't an option...

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  4. So glad Kristin guest posted because I didn't know about you yet! I'm your newest follower.

    First in Maine

  5. Yeah!! Thanks for following me, Kimberley! Don't ya just LOVE Kristin! She makes me laugh out loud!

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  6. I was always a back row kid...not the back row cause I was so good...the back row because that's where I wanted to sit because, well, you know why =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  7. Loved the story. I do assign seats-and you just reminded me that I need to move my little angels around so they will stop talking.

    If I am not a follower already then I will be in about 1 minute!

  8. HA HA HA - too dang funny. Every year I say I won't assign seats and every year about 10 minutes into our first morning I show them I mean business by giving them a "special spot".

    Two of my favorite bloggy friends in one place...I love it!!!!!

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  9. Haha!! That was a GREAT story!! I can never get the perfect arrangement on the carpet!

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  10. you were WAY nicer than I was... Pippi would have been removed from my the carpet. :o)

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  11. Rebecca... this was an awesome giveaway to win! Congrats.

    Kristin.... SO hilarious! They are always surprising {shocking?} aren't they? The carpet is a huge issue for me. Now that we have such a little amount of carpet space, I find that I use it less and less. Impossible to assign spots even though I'd love to.
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  12. I love how she said "gesture, gesture." Made me lol

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  13. Hi, I am your newest follower. I love Kristen's blogs, they make me laugh every time. I am new to the blog world if you have a sec come on over to bubbalulu.blogspot.com Tales from Second


  14. Well Rebecca if I didn't win "Kristin" I'm glad you did! Congrats! And Kristin crack me up...I have those same kids! lol

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  15. I'm your newest follower! This is so fun. You're a lucky gal to have Kristin! I'm loving your little corner of the world!

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  16. Oh, my kids definitely have assigned seats on the carpet!!! I learned my lesson years ago when two kids were KISSING on the carpet! Whenever I would turn around! You've gotta know who to separate! You couldn't have said it better! :-)

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