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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Positive Polly vs Negative Nelly

My new rule for the rest of the year (18 days)
is that anything negative MUST be prefaced with something positive.

Of course, this would have to apply only to negative things that I say out loud.
Could you imagine the {additional} confusion in my noggin if it applied to thoughts? My head would explode!

It could wind up causing me to have a split personality
{the MR is convinced this is already the case,
but he just doesn't know that sometimes I get busy and forget my
medication...hee hee}

Don't you think that is a good idea?

I will begin practicing this change (Heather DID suggest "change") in this evenings post.

Positive Polly would say:
I have 18 students. Eighteen is an even number and makes it easy to  divide my class into 2 or 3 groups for teams when we play games.

Negative Nelly says:
Great Theory! But there are 10 boys and 8 girls. They NEVER divide up on even teams. Two of my girls always have to go more than once.

I started Bieber vs. Skywalker (What the Teacher Wants) today.
DIdn't print the pictures. Not playing songs.
But I did do this:
8;00am each team has 20 cubes
 All the girls gravitated to Bieber, boys were all for Team Skywalker.

I told them we would start with 20 "cubes"/points everyday. I find it is easier to "give" them something, let them get pumped up, and tell them I expect them to "keep" it- instead of having to do something specific to get a point when I randomly give them one.

I gave them the speech that "We're All in This Together" (you can hear it in your head, can't you)
and that it isn't about just you for the rest of the year- that your choices are affecting everyone on your team...blah...blah..blah...

And that if I you "choose" to misbehave- I am erasing a cube. The team with the most cubes on our last Thursday will have a special treat on our last Friday together.

So OF COURSE  I was totally planning on "fixing" the game....

Making this a tie is going to be harder than I thought.

Blarg. Tomorrow is a new day. Both teams start with 20....cross your fingers.

The blurb that follows is from a friend on Team Skywalker.

The homework assignment last night was to write a funny poem- using at least 5 of your spelling words.

Positive Polly would say:
It's a good thing that he did his homework! He has nice handwriting and a good grasp on rhyming words.

Negative Nelly says:
Are you kidding me?!?!? and he says his mom HELPED him with his poem!!!
and NOT one of these words is from the spelling list.

Go Team Skywalker!!!

Positive Polly has left the building.

and Negative Nelly needs some sleep.


  1. HAHAHA! That is too funny... I love having something positive first, such a good idea! I need to try the Bieber thing but I know most of my boys would be on that team, too! Hehe!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  2. Haha! I'm with Traci. I want to write inappropriate all big like that across one oft students papers!!

    1. I am awaiting her reply in the may not be pretty- :)

  3. Oh lordy...I get it now. The text...the cry for help.

    I broke down and cried in front of my class yesterday. Not full blown wailing like one of my little students likes to do daily, but a shaky frustrated voice in which I had to stop and just breathe before continuing the lesson. I was SO mad! I wanted to do a fun lesson but they were NOT respectful about it. When I paused and "cried" things really turned around. Apparently they love me and felt bad....I may have to bump it up to wailing today as nothing seems to work two days in a row with these sweeties.

  4. Inappropriate...I got a good guffaw out of that, so if nothing else - please know you gave this girl a good laugh.

    There's no crying in teaching girls...HA, who am I fooling? Heck yeah there is!!!!!!


    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  5. You just never know what you are going to hear...or read! Too funny!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade


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