Monday, May 16, 2016

Cowboy Haircut?

DAVID:  Mr. Bowers, today I get to go get my hair cut at a SALOON!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Sign of the Times

Lina is a Kindergartener...so, she's like 5 years old.  Maybe 6. 

I was headed to class this morning and I noticed a juice box on the floor.  I asked Lina if she would throw it away for me.  I saw her go to the trash can and pause.  I then saw her pull the straw out of the juice box and look at it for a second...then she threw away the juice box and took the straw to the recycling bin.  It just warmed my heart to see someone that age recycling!  That's all.  haha.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Yo Mamma

SARA:  Mr. Bowers, those boys are over there telling "Yo Mamma" jokes.
MR. BOWERS:  Thanks, Sara, I'll go check it out.

(Mr. Bowers walks over to the area where the jokesters were seated.)

CHAYNE:  Well, Yo Mamma--Yo Mamma..uhh (Chayne sees me coming.)
MR. BOWERS:  Yo Mamma is soooo AMAZING!  She can create LIFE--JUST LIKE GOD!  Right?  Doesn't God create life?  Didn't your mom create YOU!  And YOUR mom and HIS mom and MY mom!  When you tell jokes about someone's mom, it's like you are telling jokes against GOD.  People who go against God seem to have a tough life...Hey, y'all enjoy your breakfast.

mic. drop. exit.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Lion King

We were already in the workings of putting on Lion King before my father passed away.  I knew it would be tough because every time I hear He Lives in You, I tear up and sometimes outright bawl.   At rehearsals the other day, the later happened:

MR BOWERS:  See Nicco, the Raffiki are tricking Simba.  They tell him to that his father is alive!  They tell him to look into the water and he will see his father.  For a second, Simba gets excited--for a second, he thinks...


Only if Necesary

During Kinder Drama a fire alarm sounded:

MR. BOWERS:  That's the fire alarm, line up y'all.
AUSTIN:  Stop, drop and roll!
MICAH:  That's right!

Then, they rolled.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Burp.

MR. BOWERS:  Wow!  Those asian noodles I had for lunch are making my burps taste like Funyuns!
CLASS:  Ewwwwww!
MR. BOWERS:  No, it's not a bad thing, I like Funyuns.
CLASS:  Ohhhhh.
ISAIAH:  Yeah, Funyuns are good.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Help the Homeless Teacher

The Music Teacher was talking to the first graders about following the rules:

MS. DANOWSKI:  If I didn't follow the rules at work, what would happen to me?
KIRA:  You would get fired!
MS. DANOWSKI:  That's right!  Then, I wouldn't get any money to pay for a house to live in--I'd be homeless!
KIRA:   Ms. Danowski, if you were homeless, I could give you some money--I have a jar that I put money in to give to poor people.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This is Why

"My favorite teacher ever was my drama teacher in elementary school, Mr. Bowers. He and I had a special connection together. I'd star in his plays in a heartbeat. He knew how to use my talents. Even after elementary, we still talked to each other once in a while. Most of all, I'd like to thank him for giving my love of Drama and inspiring me to be a Director."

-Karim 7th Grader and former student of Mr. Bowers.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Not Quite

KAYLEE:  Mr. Bowers, my mom says that she knew someone who died in the World Trade Center when those planes blew it up.
MICHAEL:  Oh, she's talking about SEVEN-ELEVEN!
MR. BOWERS:  Close, umm, but it's actually called NINE-eleven.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Social Drama


Today in 5th Grade Drama the kids were building scenes based on a given situation.  Katherine’s group was stuck in an elevator:

KATHERINE:  OMG, the elevator just stopped moving!  I need to TWEET this out!
CLAUDIA:  We need HELP!
KATHERINE:  Ok, I’ll take our picture and post it to my INSTAGRAM.  Hashtag—STUCK!
CLAUDIA:  You need to call 9-1-1!
KATHERINE:  Maybe I can SNAP CHAT with the police!

Then they all fell down like the elevator crashed, while I fell out of my chair laughing!

Friday, December 11, 2015

That Other Movie

MR. BOWERS:  Hey, kindergarterers, do any of you like the movie. "Annie?"
DIAMOND:  I like BROWN Annie!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pushing

MR.BOWERS:  I'm tired of y'all pushing and shoving all the time!  Y'all can't even line up without all this PUSHING!! If y'all like pushing SO MUCH, why don't you go hang out around the SWING SET?  There are children out on the swings RIGHT NOW just WISHING or somebody to PUSH them! You'd be the most popular kid in school!!!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Excuses

MR. BOWERS: Ma'am, we have told the children all week that they are NOT to bring ANY of their Halloween candy to school...your son knew better.
PARENT:  Well, he probably didn't know he had it.
MR. BOWERS:  Ummm, he "had it" in his mouth...so...

Monday, September 14, 2015

Way Too Little

Today, I was helping a preK class get their drink from the water fountains:

MR. BOWERS:  Ok, y'all, some of y'all are taking waaaay too long! Get you a drink and move on, don't sit there and drink up all the water!

(The next kid in line must have JUST turned four, because her little arms and fingers couldn't even push the button hard enough to get any water out!)

TALEAH:  Oh, someone must have drinked all this one.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

That's All?

One of the preK'ers was really studying my new watch--which is just the basic two hands and numbers kind of watch--nothing special. After a little bit, the curiosity finally took over. He blurts out, "What does your watch do?"

A Cucumber, Maybe?

I was talking about being proactive with the 1st Graders:

MR. BOWERS: Ok, so what else will we need for a beach trip? What can we put over our eyes to help block the sun?
SEBASTIAN:  A PICKLE!!!
MR. BOWERS:  ???
SEBASTIAN: Because pickles are cold!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Politics Ain't my Thang

AUBRIE (1st Grade girl):  Mr. Bowers, have you heard of Donald Trump?
MR. BOWER: Yes, I know who he is.
AUBRIE:  He wants to get rid of all the Mexicans, and I AM A MEXICAN!!
MR. BOWERS: He can't get rid of you, I WON'T LET HIM!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In Case of Storm...

Last week, there was a huge storm brewing outside and the thunder was super LOUD!  I thought I could head off any problems by calmly talking to my frightened kindergartners:

MR. BOWERS:  Heeeey, y'all, we're inside!  We're safe from the storm.  In fact, pretty much the only thing that could happen is that the lights may go out; you know, we may lose power.  If the lights go out, just stay calm and I will open the door and let more light in.  In fact, we can practice!  I am going to walk over and turn out the lights and we can see what it will look like if we lose power!  Then, if we lose electricity there will be nothing to be afraid of!

(Mr. Bowers calmly goes over and switches off the lights.)

KINDER CLASS:  AAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kinder Talk

TYSON:  Mr. Bowers, last night I got to watch 101 DONATIONS.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

That is What They Use, Afterall

After our first graders production of Frog and Toad, the kids were helping us put up all the folding chairs. I had a chair in each hand, so I flipped one of them up and caught it at the other end so I could put it away on the rack. I hear one of the first graders comment:

Ooohh, Mr. Bowers look like he 'bout to hit somebody with that WRESTLING CHAIR.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sew Sweet

Jodi is a 2nd grader. She noticed that my Goldilocks puppet had a torn dress and offered to take it home to sew it. She brought it back the next day:

MR. BOWERS: Wow! Great job! Dd your mom help you?
JODI: No, sir.
MR. BOWERS:  Well, I bet she is super proud of you.
JODI:  I don't know.
MR. BOWERS: Didn't you show her?
JODI:  No, sir.


A week or so later Jodi came up to the music teacher and I offering to sell us some chocolate covered strawberries. Then she got out a little notebook and took our order. Then the music teacher asked her what she was raising money for--you know, was it for a club or something?

JODI:  Nah, I'm just helping raise money to give to my mom to help pay for rent. :(

We each contributed $5 and said a prayer for such a sweet, kind and loving student!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Beating From the Future

In about 60 years, that girl might just be a GRANDMA!! What if YOUR Grandma told you that some boy used to bother her when she was a little girl? Wouldn't you want to go back in time and beat that boy up? Well? Do you want some kid from the future coming back in time to hunt you down?  TREAT THESE GIRLS WITH RESPECT!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Pay Attention in Math

Sara lost one of her little kindergarten teeth. I told her to let me know how much money she gets from the tooth fairy.  I got my answer the very next day--kinda:

SARA: Mr. Bowers, the tooth fairy came!
MR. BOWERS:  That's great, Sara, how much did the Tooth Fairy give you for your tooth?
SARA: He gave me ELEVEN!
MR. BOWERS:  Wow! Eleven what?  Eleven dollars? Eleven cents?
SARA: ...Eleven money!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Okaaaaaay

OKIKI:  Mr. Bowers, Za'Qualyn is making fun of my name.

So Polite!

As I was walking down the hall today, I see Roman (2nd grader) come out of his classroom and stand right outside the door:

MR. BOWERS:  Howdy, Roman!  Are you in trouble or something?
ROMAN:  Nope, just needed to step outside the room.
MR. BOWERS:  Ahh, were you getting upset and needed to calm down?
ROMAN:  Nope.
MR. BOWERS:  Well, why are you in the hallway?
ROMAN:  Just needed to pass gas.
MR. BOWERS:  Ahhh, excellent!


Then, Roman turned and walked back into the room.

Friday, January 30, 2015

My Bad

(Dykiya's teacher is on her way to pick up the class from Drama. Dykiya spots her rounding the corner.)

DYKIYA:  Mr. Bowers, there go our teacher.
MR. BOWERS: No, no Dykiya, you mean, "THEY go our teacher," no, no...wait a minute...it's  "Here comes our teacher."  That's the one!

Everybody makes mistakes .

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

They Call Me Lando

MR. BOWERS:  Hey, Orlando? Have you ever considered going by the name, "Lando?" You know, like Lando Calrissian from Star Wars?
ORLANDO: No.
MR. BOWERS: You like Star Wars don't you?
ORLANDO:   Yes.

(The next day.)

LANDO:  Hey, Mr. Bowers, they call me Lando, now.
RICHARD: Yeah, he's Lando.
MR. BOWERS:  Awwwww, you old scalawag!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kindergarten Role Call

MR. BOWERS:  Ethan?
ETHAN:  Here!
MR. BOWERS:  Marcus?
MARCUS:  Here!
MR. BOWERS:  Kennedi?
KENNEDI:  Nice and brown!
MR. BOWERS:  Yes, you are! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Not Raining Yet

Today, it was a little bit wet outside, kinda sprinkling, as the PreK entered the room:

AMAYA:  Mr. Bowers, it's DRIPPY ourside.

Not so Smart

I have told the kids many times about how MLK believed that truly intelegent people fought with their words, not their fists. Smart people hit with their words! Maybe the PreK'ers haven't got the message yet:

MR. BOWERS:  Class, remember?  What do smart people hit with?
DEMARION:   A BELT!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Adventure in a Box

In this year's edition of Magic Box a couple of the Kinder kids were awesome!  First, Eugene pulled out something and started putting it on his face.  I wasn't sure what it was, then it became apparent when he started crawling around and shooting webs like spiderman!  It really was a good impression; he even did some acrobatic moves!  Then, Manuel pulled out something that made him drop to the ground and start rolling and screaming, "GET IT OFF!!! GET IT OFF OF MEEEEE!!!"  No one could guess what it was, so finally he told us, "A snake!"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It Was Probably a Stork

Christine's mom came to visit her PreK class (4 year olds) and had a little baby with her:

CHRISTINE:  That's my baby sister!  The bird brung her.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Insensitive?

I have discovered a way to get a crying 4 year old to stop!  It may not always work, but it has worked twice for me so far!  Both times, it has happened in the morning, at breakfast while the pre'k kids are saying goodbye to their parents.  Some of them cry on and on--and sometimes the kids are even crying, too. hahahaha!  Anyway, if a kid is really wailing super loud and really hurting people's ears, i'll go up to them and quietly say:

Hey, listen...Do you know how to sob?  I mean, because, right now, you are REALLY moaning...could ya change it to more of a sob?  You know, cry really quietly, like this.  ( I try to do a soft, sweet sob as an example.)  Thanks! 

Both times, they sat there confused as I walked away--confused and NOT crying.


Friday, September 12, 2014

At Least She Got Last Right

The music teacher was asking the 5th graders what they knew about Leonardo da Vinci in preparation for our upcoming musical, "Yo! Leonardo."

OLIVIA:  Um, yeah, he painted, "The Last Dinner."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ray Rice

Of course, the subject of Ray Rice came up with my 5th graders.  It's all over the news, the NFL player who got in trouble for punching out his fiance.

MR. BOWERS:  Come on, kids, you know he was wrong, boys can't hit girls; boys are bigger and stronger.  (at this point, there is some dissension  in the class because some of the 5th grade boys are kinda small.)  You see the adults around you, boys get the brawn and girls get the brains!
FINN:  Mitchel gets both! (Mitchel is super smart--and all the kids know it!)
MR. BOWERS:  Mitchel, when you get married, you'll be sure to tell your wife that SHE is smarter---that's the "smart" thing to do, right?
MITCHEL:  Yup!
MR. BOWERS:  Well, I think it's not okay to hit ANYBODY--boy or girl.

Then we got busy doing some REAL Drama.

Look-a-Like

KINDERGARTENER:  Mr. Bowers, you look like JJ Watt!
MR. BOWERS:  Go to the nurse!

You Know, They're Only FOUR

MR. BOWERS:  Okay, PreK, what's it called when you go to the park for lunch and you sit on a blanket to eat?
JAYLA:  Nasty.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Books are for More Than Reading

I made up a new/old fashioned way to teach self control:

Books on the heads at their seats.  If you are under control, you may remove your book.  If you feel yourself getting out of control, replace the book.  If I have to remind you to be in control, you have to look at the clock and keep the book on for one minute.  Each loss of control adds a minute (up to 5).

All I've done so far is let the kids practice with books, they seem to like it...we'll seeeee.

Turn Down for Bowers

KINDERGARTENER:  Mr. Bowers, you look like JJ Watt!
MR. BOWERS:  Go to the nurse.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Aladdin

I directed Aladdin this year and one of my parents videoed the show!  Hope you enjoy!

Has it Even Grown Yet?

Chloe, a second grader, wanted to borrow one of the books, "Where the Red Fern Grows," from my classroom.  I told her that she could borrow it, but I couldn't tell her if it was any good because I hadn't read it. I had only seen the movie, and it was when I was a little kid, and all I remembered about it was that it was sad.  I ran into her two days later:

MR. BOWERS:  Howdy!  How's that Red Fern book?

CHLOE:  Wow...the first few pages...and I'm already cryin'.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Totally Joking, of Course

At our annual Field Day, I was running the sack races.  The first grade children kept falling in the grass.  Finallly, I said to one of the parents,  "You know, I really love it when they fall.  Since I can't hurt them, I feel that when they hurt themselves...it just brings joy to my heart."

Luckily, the parent, having a similar sense of humor, totally agreed. 

Purple Milk

KYLER:  Mr. Bowers, you like the purple milk?
MR. BOWERS:  Well, Kyler, the milk in the Purple container is the Fat Free--that means it doesn't have any fat in it.  The ones in the pink continer are 1% fat.  I want the fat free because I don't need any more fat in me than I already have.
KYLER:  (teases another student) HA HA! YOUR MILK IS FAT!

Friday, March 28, 2014

U

What are the grades in Drama?

E--Excellent
S--Satisfactory
N--Needs improvement
U--Unacceptable

Unacceptable--you know, like if you get a Happy Meal with no toy.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sticky Swinging

Out in the Trailer Park where my classroom is, we have an awning over the sidewalk that is held up with poles.  All day, I get to yell at kids for swinging on the poles.   I have started a false rumor that may help the situation.  Now, every time I see a kid swinging on the poles, I casually tell them, "You know, those poles are where the PreK'ers wipe their boogers."

Monday, February 17, 2014

Are You Sure?

MR. BOWERS:  Nicholas, you are being DEFIANT!
NICHOLAS:  No, I'm NOT!
MR. BOWERS:  (sigh.)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I'm the Lucky One

ZAHIRA:  Mr. Bowers, today is my lucky day!
MR. BOWERS:  Why?
ZAHIRA:  Because it's my lucky day!
MR. BOWERS:  But, WHY is it lucky?
ZAHIRA:  Because it's TODAY!
MR. BOWERS:  (sigh.)

Wild West

RAGHAV:  Mr. Bowers, cowboys make people dance by shooting their legs?

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Sometimes a Five Year Old Forgets Which Word to Use

Every year, I ask the kindergartners' to act out what they want to be when they grow up:

KAIDEN:  Yeah!  I'm gonna be SPIDERMAN!  Let me just get out my WIG!
CLASS:  WEB!!!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I Like That Name Better

KIRSTEN (2nd Grader):  Mr. Bowers, if my brother is absent twice for Drumbo Sumbo, will he get kicked out?
MR. BOWERS:  Absent from WHAT?
KIRSTEN:  Drumbo Sumbo.  They meet in Mister Nowski's room.
MR. BOWERS:  Oh, you're talking about the Drum Ensemble that meets in Miss Danowski's room.
KIRSTEN:  YEAH!  Drumbo Sumbo!  That's it!
MR. BOWERS:  No, it's called Drum Ensemble.
KIRSTEN:  DRUMBO SUMBO.
MR. BOWERS:  Ok.  Drumbo Sumbo.