Wednesday, December 21, 2005

thats what xmas means to me, baby

school is crazy. Reading "The christmas tree ship" to peace games classes or doign a "Giving book" which we ripped off from a kwanzaa excercise. Staying in, staying sober and it feels productive, lonely and good.

snokilla and I talked about making the holiday special for us and I think it is becoming so, especially since shes in the atl meeting members of outkast (seriously, go to snokilla.blogspot.com)--- in the meantime, I feel pretty good about the gifts Im giving this year.

Big Xmas pageant is tomorrow. Every class has an act of some sort. Kindygarteners are doing that crazy lipsynching jinglebelling song complete with air harmonica, one fifth grade class has apparently spent months working on a mexican dance routine.

oh, and our food drive is being resuscitated by the student leaders right now, so I better get off the computer.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

intro to jamrock

The jamaican ensemble of the international music project visited today. I had no idea that ziggy marley sang the theme to arthur. Two men and three women marched in wearing clothes and dreds that made the young kids laugh initially. They played cumbia (sp?) and then talked about the history of jamaican music (the kids cheered loudest for mentions of sean paul and elephant man, didnt seem much for beenie man..oh but they were into the brief rendition of the cops theme). Last month was the cuatro performance, so I have a fantasy of monthly performance... doubt it though. Oh, and I wish people always did the washing clothes dance.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

stunting on thar growth

During tutoring this morning, four kindergarteners told me that they love to drink coffee.

I think they are damn liars. But then again, how come they know its good when you put the chocolate in the coffee, huh? answer me that!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

a running joke

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me- tryna read 'miss bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten'. Pointing out letters and the words 'you', "I", "Is", "a" and "the".
X- This boy thinks I'm his father. Frequently jealous when I work with other kids. Difficult, full of beans and sweet. Has been written of before.
E- Didn't go to preschool, but recently has ben catching up with the class at a crazy pace. Insanely focused and cool for a five year old.

me: and Miss Bindergarten was... almost... ready.. for kindergarten!

X: I BANG in my white tee SLANG in my white tee, blahblahblah BANG BANG in my white tee

E: ohhhhh, he said 'slang'

me: (unsure of how to proceed) yes he did

E: do you know what that means?

X: (interrupting my head nod)... it means like, KILLING people!!!

me: umm...no

E: it's like 'I sell drugs' 'I slang'

me: (chuckling) you're in kindergarten. Why do you know about slanging?

E: Cause its like, if you go on the corner and do that all day, you get locked up.

me: Thats right! You do get locked up if you do that.

Jesus Christ, when will 'in my white tee' not be relevant. I think Walter Jacobson just finished his in depth collabo with geraldo about how wearing white tees is a sure sign of gang affiliation as well as slanging. They took the cover photo at madison + western in front of that sign that says
'Street fashion! White t-shirts $2.00 and up!'

time2setitoff

Putting a picture up in the office- a clenched fist holding an olive branch "power to the peaceful".

Getting shittalked by a sixth grader for no apparent reason. Its hard to not be like "oh yeah, I need a haircut and my teeth are yellow and Im flying 40 flags?!?! Well, youre a crosseyed twelve yearold who has a legally enforcable curfew and puberty to deal with. Shit, you don't even get PAID for being here." but then I suppose that wouldn't teach the kids 'professionalism'. It wasn't anything she said to her friend (so I could hear, but not respond) that got to me. It's just the first time in a minute that someones gotten so so sassy with me for no reason. Its really offputting to say the least.

Typing in present tense.

Having some new pseudonyms- now you can not only call me mayor scrabblor mcchee$e or keeler karlov (my LEAST favorite) but also digital godzilla, steve slicksly and ifthe paulfitz.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

things I've noticed

Given the opportunity- 3 in 28 third graders will use the term 'popo' when writing about talking to a police officer.

An illiterate 9 year old still writes when everyone else does, they just write 'rolorlorlridkerlrorlo...'

5 year old x really loves dem franchise boys cause he's still singing 'in my white t'. Maybe I should teach him 'ooh I think they like me' as it may be more appropriate, but I guess I should focus on him learning his letter sounds first... he's clearly ahead of the rap game curve.

kids show their emotions in crazy theatrical ways; throwing furniture, talking to you with their back turned, throwing themselves on the floor, jumping up and down.

Not news to many, but those of us who have gone a few years without regular interaction with children can always be thrown off I suppose.

things I've noticed

Given the opportunity- 3 in 28 third graders will use the term 'popo' when writing about talking to a police officer.

An illiterate 9 year old still writes when everyone else does, they just write 'rolorlorlridkerlrorlo...'

5 year old x really loves dem franchise boys cause he's still singing 'in my white t'. Maybe I should teach him 'ooh I think they like me' as it may be more appropriate, but I guess I should focus on him learning his letter sounds first... he's clearly ahead of the rap game curve.

kids show their emotions in crazy theatrical ways; throwing furniture, talking to you with their back turned, throwing themselves on the floor, jumping up and down.

Not news to many, but those of us who have gone a few years without regular interaction with children can always be thrown off I suppose.