Monday, September 22, 2008

You're my national monument

In one of my classes I have a group of 3 boys who are best friends. They are great but they can get a little chatty. They are the 3 amigos, or at least that's what I call them. Anyway, I did this activity at the beginning of the school year where students pick partners for various places around Washington, D.C. and when I want to do a partner activity I can just say, "okay, meet your partner at the white house or the Jefferson memorial or whereever." One time I said, "meet your partner at the national monument," and one of the boys said to the other, "you're my national monument." The way he said it was so adorable and I couldn't help but laugh. I think it's great that 3 guys can be so close and not feel stupid when they act silly. It's great. And, not to mention, I think "you're my national monument" is a great compliment to give a significant other. I'm also partial to the phrase, "you're the cheese to my macaroni," from the movie Juno.

For fun, here are some pictures of my classroom. I actually had a horsehoe set up last week and loved it because it's a great way to walk around and cut down the talking, but we're having IOWA testing this week and when we aren't testing, I don't like rows so this is what I have this week. I love my room! I even love the foldable acordian walls because they are magnetic and it's easier to hang stuff. Also, it's kind of fun to hear the other classes sometimes. Our 8th grade is a cozy little family :)


The Soptich clan said...

You're such a cute teacher Amy! I love your little room, and I love your creative ideas to make history and government fun. My all time favorite teacher was my AP History/AP Government teacher in high school because you could tell how much he loved politics and history. And I'm sure you're making the same impact on your students. You go girl!

Travelin' Tracy said...

I like your homemade posters..they look great. Did you print out the stars or did Anita cut those out? There is no such thing as lamenation here...and my room is a bit empty of posters right now, but you know how that is, the student work will fill up the walls.

AMY_BELL - said...

Tracy - I actually went to the media center at the admin building and cut out the letters and stars myself. They have a more shapes and fonts then our school. I lucked out with all the stuff you left me too. It saved me A LOT of money. I have a bunch of your posters so when you come back, feel free to take them back if you want. That sucks you don't have lamenation. Our county is pretty spoiled!

Calley - thanks for your compliments. I'm not sure how good I am just yet but I'm having fun. I know most of my kids like me, I've never had a problem with that, I just worry that I'm actually getting through and teaching them at the same time :)

Two Dot Crew said...'s Susan. I'm so happy you're teaching now. Glad things are going well. What school are you at?

Travelin' Tracy said...

hey stranger...updates please!

Brayan said...

Omgee that's my civics classroom lol(: