Wednesday, May 3, 2017

To those Mind Shaping Ninja Warrior Queens (and Kings)

In honor of national teacher appreciation day/week (whatevs), here are some of the reasons I decided to become a teacher.
  1. I always loved going to school and learning new things - now I get to go to school every day!
  2. I had some wonderful teachers from elementary all the way through college who challenged and encouraged me. They helped to shape who I am, and I'm so grateful to them. 
  3. I truly relish being the smartest person in the room. So, my clever idea - put myself in a classroom of kindergartners and BAM! There you go.  
  4. Two of my very best friends are elementary teachers and they make learning so much fun. From science experiments to dance parties to time travel, they are some of my greatest inspiration. Guys, I want to grow up to be a teacher just like you. 
  5. Children are my favorite. They do and say the craziest things. 
  6. In that same line of thought, I love a job that keeps me busy and is never dull. And life with kids of any age is never boring. Here's to keeping me on my toes. All. The. Time. 
  7. I am a naive, thrill-seeking, masochist. Meaning I willfully choose to do incredibly difficult and/or painful things thinking they will be fun. Recent examples include: riding my bike with both of my dogs on leashes attached to said bike, taking both of my dogs on a walk by myself (really anything involving two pups, leashes, and me alone - it is never fun and I will never learn), training for a marathon or any such running event, going back to college, and yes, teaching. 
  8. I've been teaching since I could read. It's part of who I am...and my dad says it's what I'm made to do. 
  9. I prayed and prayed and prayed some more. 
  10. For the sake of having an even top ten list, because how else do I get to have summers off!? I'm kidding. Not really.  
To all those educational wizards out there from a studying wanna-be, thank you for all you do. You are world changers. Keep on keeping on!

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Title inspired by this Etsy product, not an original thought of mwah. And if you wanted to buy me said Etsy product, I will send you a thank you card.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Long weekends are the

Hallelujah for long weekends, am I right!? 
Four days off in a row. For both of us. Right before he leaves for the field? Bliss. 
And having to do absolutely nothing? Wow. 
Oh yeah, and getting to celebrate Jesus' resurrection with our church family AND spending time with new friends? Fan-freaking-tastic! 
And now, chilling in this beautiful spring-time sunshine? Yes. 

Happy Monday, folks! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Conversations from the Classroom

Welcome to Conversations from the Classroom where I share some of the hilarious tidbits from my students. Today's conversation comes from an 8th grade boy who is intent on "figuring me out."

After watching me flip some popsicle sticks to go "the right way" in their jar. [Each popsicle stick holds a name and I use these to call on students at random - they need to be face down so that I can't see the name on the stick.]

Student: "Mrs. Ridgeway, are you a little OCD?"
Me: "No, I don't think so."
Student: "Are you sure? You seem a little OCD."
Me: "I just believe everything has a place and I like to put things where they belong."
Student: "Obsessively?"
Me: "No, just consciously."
Student: "Okay." Said with eyebrows raised and a doubtful expression. 

Now I'm pretty sure he's moving random things in my classroom just slightly to see if it will bother me or if I'll fix it. Haven't caught him at it yet, but I will.

These kids. Man, I love them.