Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Slice of Life March Challenge #26

A list of some random/cute/interesting/funny things that I observed today in 6th grade:

  • One student (during quiet, independent reading time) screams: "Ahhhhh, I just got to the surprise part in my book! I've been waiting a whole 136 pages for this!!!! " And then proceeds to tell his entire book club group what happened--not a happy group, to say the least.
  • One group in my social studies class brought poster lights (which I didn't even know existed) to put on their Industrial Revolution poster--and we had to turn off all the lights to see the poster flashing and ohhhh and ahhhhh at how cool it was. It was necessary.
  • I overheard two girls discussing what they wanted to write their slices about, with smiles on their faces.
  • My afternoon block begged me to let them take the social studies test tomorrow, instead of Thursday, because they felt super ready--and I told them they were going to rock their test!
  • A sweet 6th grader, whom I don't even have in class, said good morning to me and held the door for me and asked if I needed help carrying all of my bags.
  • It was crazy hat, hair, everything day--and I teach sixth grade, enough said.
  • I graded several feature articles--and one student wrote all about pickles, yes, pickles, and it was best topic I could imagine!
  • I watched my class working together so well today--like we're all friends, like we're a big family.
  • I walked down the 6th grade hallway and was rammed into by about 5 kids--because in 6th grade, we have no concept of where we're walking/if we're going to walk into anyone--we just walk as if we don't have a care in the world.
  • I was told by a student that my missing hall pass was lodged in a toilet in the boys' bathroom--and then he proceeded to ask if I wanted it back--umm, no thanks!
  • During writing workshop, one of strugglers said, "This essay writing is actually getting easier" and it made me smile.
  • Kids crowded around my desk to hear a silly story I was telling another student after the bell rang--instead of taking a four minute break to socialize with their friends--and they love those four minutes.
  • One of my students said, "Thank you, Ms. S!" and another, "Have a nice day, Ms. S!" after leaving class--and they do this every single day.

What a great, and always interesting, day in sixth grade. :)


  1. Your day rocked, Rachel....you captured the sweet zaniness of sixth graders so perfectly.

  2. Sigh! I taught sixth grade for 4 years. I must say that sixth graders are an interesting bunch! It was a great experience! I loved reading your random happenings!

  3. What a great day! I also teach 6th grade & several of them don't leave class without telling me to have a nice day. And, poster lights? Really?? I had no idea!