hey snix.: I wish... →
heysnix: …others could live in my shoes as a teacher/coach for a week. See how hard it is to handle not one but 6 classes of kids. Not a group you see once a week and have fun with, but 130 kids you see every day. Feel the exhaustion after giving everything at work, being “on” for the whole day and…
Fitzgerald’s Favorite Toys: (in a very particular order) 1. Trader Joe’s paper bag 2. Plastic bags 3. Electrical Cords (danger, danger) 4. The lanyard on my keys 5. Loose change 6. The cords on the blinds 7. The cords on the blinds after I tuck them away at 3 am 8. The miniature trashcan in my room 9. The trash in the miniature trashcan in my room 10. My hair —- 98....
Is it weird that I absolutely love watching my kids take quizzes and tests? Right now they’re all dressed like they work at the Varsity (some looking a little too classy and looking more like Target). They have on aprons and hats and little white sneakers. And yet they’re all working away right now, morphing from crazy freshmen during Spirit Week into little worker...
I just had the biggest fit of giggles while sitting at my desk grading yesterday’s quizzes. I can only laugh at this because I do the same kind of thing… My high school calculus teacher knew that sometimes I would write “F” instead of “5”. I know, bizarre. Anyways, part of my students’ quiz was to memorize Galatians 4:4-7. (But when the fullness of time...
Today was the kind of day when I felt more like a soccer mom than a teacher. Or maybe a teacher that happens to also be a soccer mom. The morning found me running around the school helping my Baby Freshmen fix our hall decorations that had fallen down. (Have I mentioned that it’s Spirit Week? Wahoo!) I taught all day, but I also had other tasks like organizing our skit, making costumes and...
Fitzgerald: 3 Houseflies: 0 (Who knew we had a single fly in the house? Not I. But this little guy hunts them down like it’s his job. Which, in that case, let’s make that your job Mr. Magellan. He also speaks to them in this strange, strange language that sounds a little something like Xhosa, you know, the African clicking language.)
Testy Testy Tests
Me: Alright, let's put everything away... Everything... Yes, even that.
(Students put everything away. Finally.)
Me: Okay, let's pray before our test.
Alec: Miss Gamble, I see what you did there.
Alec: Don't act like you don't know.
Me: Okay, I've said it once, and I'll say it again. I'm the teacher closest to having been in high school, guaranteed. This means lots of things... one of which is that I know every trick in the book. I can make any paper seem longer than it is. I can BS my way through any DBQ. And, well, I know how to study until the last minute.
Alec: Well, I'll give it to you. You're good. You're the only teacher that's picked up on the we-usually-study-during-the-prayer move. Touche.
Second Period Shenanigans
(I had finished using Mr. Hot Glue Gun and was playing with the remnants of warm glue.)
Josh: Hey look, Ben! She's one of us! She's playing with hot glue!
Me: Yep. It's true... I'm five years old.
Ben: What are you making?
Me: ... well, it looks like a J. So, a J for Jesus. A present for you, Ben.
Josh: Instead of writing Josh in the name space, I just wrote Jesus. Thanks, Miss G.
I love rainy days. So much. I will say, though, that not one little bit of me misses having to trapes through campus with duck boots and a rain jacket that steals your peripheral vision, attempting to dodge passersby’s umbrellas without receiving an unwelcome hit to the jugular. I don’t miss that dampness of UGA buses in the rain or the fear of falling down the stairs due to wet shoes....
One of the girls I work with… her favorite songs are Lips of an Angel by...– My sweet dear friend who finds herself working in Texas
It’s going to be a good week. I know it. (Not that these past weeks haven’t been good, but…) - We don’t have school Monday and Tuesday. Do I miss my kiddos? Yes. Am I also enjoying this break? Yes. - This break will mean I can stay up past my bedtime on a “school night” tomorrow celebrating the engagement of Caroline and Zack. - With two days off, that means...
Chapter 5, Number 30
Question: After the Punic Wars, Rome still had to conquer three other groups. Explain what happened as she sought to expand to the east.
Answer: Rome was a powerful nation. She conquered many civilizations in the east, and Miss Gamble is the best teacher ever.
(I think there's some brown on your nose... and, -4, by the way. Ha.)
Dear Miss Gamble, I’m pretty sure that we should have a class period...– Post-It Love Notes Left On My Desk
Hey! I just found out that if I do the smile in the right way, like, a whole...– I’m glad that I get to teach even teachers some things…. It’s the little things in life. I made the high school English teacher’s day! :o)
If you’re friends with me on the Facebook, then you’ve seen that...– Hal Farnsworth on religion
Church: Join the mess.– Hal Farnsworth on the beauty of the Body of Christ.
(At Saturday's Academic Team Competition, I pulled my JV team aside for a quick pep talk.)
Me: Alright, guys, I have some sad news. Since Mr. Douglas (varsity coach) isn't here, that means varsity doesn't have someone to go with them to their rounds. Since there are only three of them, I'm going to tag along with them for the day. Y'all have a full team of five, so you'll be just fine.
Students: But, Miss Gamble, we'll miss you! And you're actually OUR coach.
Me: I know, I know. Y'all are mine, and I wish I could go with you. But hey, you have each other, and that's more than enough!
Student: Alright, you're right. We'll miss you.
Me: (Jokingly) Plus, I mean, I'm just the new baby teacher who's practically your age and doesn't know what she's doing...
Student: Miss Gamble, what does Paul say about YOU? You know it. You do. He told it to Timothy, and it's true for you, too. Don't let anyone look down on you because you're young! You might be the youngest teacher, but we love you the most.
(I need those reminders each and every day.)