Saturday, February 27, 2010


Apparently, I haven't straightened my classroom in a while because Eliel (pronounced ee-lee-el) discovered some half deflated balloons in the corner behind the computer.

ELIEL: Hey Mr. Bowers, why do you have all these dead balloons here?

Monday, February 22, 2010

That's Legal

In my Drama class, the 5th graders were acting out solo improv's where I give them a situation with an obstacle and they have to act their way through the obstacle.

For example, they come home from school and have to use the restroom very bad, but when they get to the door, they realize they forgot their key.

I tell the boys that, no, they can't just urinate on the ground--that's against the law in the city.

Some went to a neighbor's house, some climbed through a window, others broke down the door.

Floyd explains his scene thus:

"See, what I did was, I lit a match and set the grass on fire, then I pee'd on the grass to put out the fire, then when the cops came, I was innocent!"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ninjas in Training

I found this on the ground at school. I find these all over the place. One year, a kid made a bunch of them to sell. The interesting thing about this one is that the paper used to make it is obviously something that the science teacher gave them to study. I'm sure the science teacher didn't teach the kids how to make these in class.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Groundhog Day Pix

I took this one after school. I love how he is soooo excited about his groundhog--not really.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Read The Box

I was talking to the First Grade ESL (English as a Second Language) class about ways to become a better reader:

MR. BOWERS: When I was a kid I would read the back of the cereal box in the morning when I ate my cereal. You know, there are usually games and stuff on the back of the box. Celeste, do you eat cereal for breakfast?
CELESTE: Jes. (This is how she says, "yes")
MR. BOWERS: Ok, so what kind of cereal do you eat?
CELESTE: Uhh...umm...
MR. BOWERS: Come on, what is is? Fruity Pebbles?
CELESTE: Um, no.
MR. BOWERS: Ok, then what? Frosted Flakes? Honey Bunches of Oats?
MR. BOWERS: What is it? Come on, you remember, don't you?
CELESTE: It's Crunch of de Captain!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Fixin' A Kindergarteners' Cut Finger... tough. It's like trying to put a band-aid on a pencil.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Video Games Much?

The Music teacher asked our 3rd graders, "What is a 'round'?" Joey answers, in all seriousness, like he is giving all of us the correct answer, "A bullet."