I have all kinds of blog entries swirling in my mind, but I am severely sleep deprived. So tonight I am going to be light and fluffy. Then tomorrow I can maybe be serious again. Maybe. If I can wake up. I am having trouble with that.
Today something happened at school. I can't even tell you what exactly. But I thought, "I haven't done a teacher post in a while...time for some "signs of a teacher". Please know this is the "light stuff". I am way too tired to try to be "deep" or very serious tonight.
You know you are a teacher if...
- you go home each day with dry erase markers and Vis a Vis marker all over your fingers.
- you have used a paperclip to open up a clogged glue bottle.
- you have gone to work with a throbbing headache just to avoid writing lesson plans for a substitute (who you are pretty sure cannot be you no matter how bad you feel!).
- your heart actually races when you get a new book order.
- you see a pile of mismatched puzzle pieces and immediately think of three art activities you could do with them.
- you use acronyms in daily conversations. PST, GRR, PPVT, PDD, OT, PT, PTA, RTI, ELL, TESOL, the list is endless.
- you have ever cooked green eggs and ham.
- you dread hearing the word "snow" knowing your summer is getting shorter and the kids are going to be more antsy.
- you say the Pledge of Allegiance each and every day.
- you know what "calendar time" is.
- you clean out your children's toys and books and immediately think of a perfect spot for them...at school.
- you have a collection of school pictures...taken every single year.
- wearing a lanyard around your neck with necessary keys is as normal as wearing shoes and socks.
- you have a fun shirt for about every holiday you can think of.
- you know what a "bubble" test is.
- you have spent your evening cutting out and folding paper circles so your students can create snowflakes the next day.
- you can read kindergarten writing with ease...no vowels necessary.
- you can name three ways to get a group of people quiet without raising your voice.
- you find yourself walking down the hall with your hands behind your back and a bubble in your mouth.
- you are used to eating lunch at 10:30 (and in just a few gulps).
- you know a variety of songs about the days of the week.
- You have ever worn a paper necklace with pride as its creator (a student) stands nearby beaming.
- your "new year" starts every August.
- you have the urge to tell other children at the park to only go DOWN the slide, not UP the slide.
- you write posts in your head during the day about the signs of a teacher.