"These kids will grow up to be annoying co-workers so we may as well know what we are up against now."
Betsy's comment after yesterday's post cracked me up.
Still, I hesitate to provide details about the annoying personalities of Javier and Lucia. They are, after all, only six years old. Let's give them a couple more months. If Lucia is still using that annoying, whiny tone of voice by Christmas (which earns her a crisp, "Lucia. Rewind. Try it again." from me, every time), and if Javier is still bending up my extensive collection of Spiderman paperbacks (purchased ESPECIALLY to entice first-grade boys), and then smiling at me as if he has done something adorable, all bets are off and I will purchase the domain JavierandLuciaSuckdotcom.
We are doing something different in first grade this year. Instead of having just one class and teaching them all the academic subjects, we have departmentalized. There are six first grade teachers. Three of us are the Reading Team and the other three are the Math Team. I spend half the day with my morning class teaching reading/language arts, then I trade with one of the math teachers and spend the rest of the day teaching her kids....wait for it...reading/language arts! My favorite! Twice a day! Imagine how much easier this makes my life. Planning is cut in half. I no longer have to make space for all those pesky math manipulatives. I don't have to maintain a math bulletin board. Hell, I don't even allow the children to COUNT in my classroom!
Ha. Kidding. They can count. But I won't help them. Nope. Not my job.
I am lucky, because I am paired with a really great teacher. Ellen, my work-husband, is paired with Cruella de Vil! I wrote about her once before. Poor Ellen. Then again, it gives her a lot of opportunity to Collect Evidence.
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Wait till you see what we have been up to on the Home Decorating front. It's either really awesome, or a huge, somewhat expensive mistake. Hint: it involves a new granite countertop and a paint color picked out in the dark, under duress. We'll know by tomorrow.