Archive for December, 2011

Ugly Christmas sweater…

December 14, 2011

Some of my work friends decided that we would designate today and the unofficial ugly Christmas sweater day. We all decided to wear ugly sweaters but not tell anyone.  We had talked about it before, but we finally did it this year, though there were only a couple of us who did it.

During one of my classes, one of my students asked, “Is today tacky Christmas sweater day?”

(I think he was just referring to my sweater because the other people who were wearing them were on the other side of the building.)  With a straight face I replied, “What?  Why would you talk to a teacher like that.  That is so rude and disrespectful.  This is my favorite sweater.  I am going to email your coach and let him know how disrespectful you are being.”

You should have seen the look on his face as I was guilting him.  Maybe tomorrow I will tell him the truth.  Maybe.

-J

UIL

December 9, 2011

This year, I was the sponsor for UIL Maps, Charts, and Graphs (since you know I always like to add more things to my plate). Our competition was today and I am proud of my team. I had three 7th graders and three 8th graders compete. My 7th graders came in 2nd, 3rd and 4th, while my 8th graders came in 2nd and 4th (the top 6 place in each grade level). They did great, but I am sure it was mostly because of their fabulous coaching. 😉 My school did well overall and won the title of Academic UIL Champions for the meet, out of about 10 schools.

On a side note, I am kind of serious about it being about the coaching. I had to help score the Calculator Applications competition. A lot of kids messed up because they did not know the rules. I was not involved with scoring my event, but apparently in this competition, simply knowing the rules makes a big difference. I don’t think it made that big of a difference at my event. I had some pretty awesome kids.

-J