Mostly Cheers

I love my students. Every day, someone says something so funny or sweet, and I know my face is beaming with pride… I have the privilege of teaching and learning with these kids! Sometimes, their quotes are so hilarious (most of the time, unintentionally so), that I think I should start a blog just to keep them for posterity. My friend, McTeach, aka Karen McMillan, did exactly that- check out her Quotes from Middle School blog!

There was one moment today, however, when I felt so perfectly awful

I made a kindergartner cry.

I KNOW. What a horrible teacher!

Here was this sweet little boy, with his spiky blond hair, angelic little face, dressed like he just stepped out of a Gap Kids commercial. The girl who was sitting in front of him in music class today kept putting her arms up, and he couldn’t see. So, he pushed her arms down so he could see. I quietly reminded him that we never push someone’s arms down, and would he next time please ask quietly? “Do you think you could apologize to your friend for pushing her arms down?”

I didn’t yell at him. I didn’t use “THE LOOK” that I reserve for some of my 5th graders (yes, it works). I even smiled when I said it! Honest! But then… there it was. The quivering lower lip. And pretty soon… big, fat tears rolling down his face. I’m trying to think if there’s a worse feeling as a teacher than seeing a child cry. Nope. Can’t think of one right now. Luckily, the little girl turned around, told him that she forgave him, gave him a hug and said, “It’s alright. We’re friends.” I love kindergarten. 🙂

After class was over, I spoke with him to make sure he knew that he wasn’t in trouble and that I couldn’t wait to see him again in music class. He hugged me. Whew!

TV Guide used to have this section called Cheers & Jeers. It still might… I haven’t looked at a TV Guide since cable came to town about a million years ago. When thinking about this post, the first thing that came to mind was that Cheers & Jeers section. My little kindergarten friend crying– that part of my day deserved a Jeer.

But since I can’t end on an sad note, I’ll leave you with a few Cheers.

We’ve been talking about The Star-Spangled Banner this week. September 14 is the anniversary of Francis Scott Key penning the poem that would later become the national anthem for the United States. Here’s how one class went today:

Me: There was a special birthday yesterday, but it’s not the birthday of a PERSON.

Student: Was it YOUR birthday?!?!?

Me: What? I’m not a person? Am I a robot? [insert “Mrs. Baldwin is a music-teacher-robot” voice here.]

Me: It’s the birthday of our national anthem. It was written on September 14, 1814!

Another Student: Were you there?

Me: Do I look like I’m 196 years old?

Another Student: No, you look like you’re 27.

Me: You are my favorite kid in the whole wide world.

The End… Cheers!

7 thoughts on “Mostly Cheers

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Kyle B. Pace, Michelle Baldwin. Michelle Baldwin said: Sharing a little bit of my day with you. 🙂 New blog post: Mostly Cheers […]

  2. Oh, this post warmed my heart today! Kids are so precious and I have to keep reminding myself of that…. 6th graders. are. precious.

  3. Michelle, thanks for mentioning me in your blog! After reading your post, I started reflecting on some of the funny moments I’ve had with middle schoolers. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gone into the faculty room and shared a story that started with, “You’ll love this…” and then related something funny, bizarre, or outlandish that one of my students had said.

    And then it hit me…did a teacher ever say something like that about me to other teachers? Was I ever the kid that made a teacher laugh? Did I ever make a teacher pause and say to herself, “That’s why I became a teacher”?

    I sure hope so!

    • Karen- I really enjoy hearing stories about the funny things kids say, and I think it helps us all see what our kids have in common! So glad you started your Quotes blog!

      I make a goal at the beginning of every year to catch kids doing something “good,” and also to let them know when they say something funny. They need to know they inspire us, too!

      Thanks for commenting!!

  4. Oh, Michelle. We’ve all been there, huh? You think you are dealing with something really well and then, bam, a surprise reaction.

    You’re right, though. The cheers definitely outweigh the jeers. (Thank God!)

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