Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Student Audition

We were having some 3RD grade auditions for one of our musicals. Jada is a new student.

MR. BOWERS: Jada, do you want to audition?
JADA: I don't think so.
MUSIC TEACHER: Were you in choir at your old school?
JADA: Yes.
MUSIC TEACHER: Well, you should audition.
JADA: No, I'm ok.
MR. BOWERS: Who do you live with?
JADA: My Auntie.
MR. BOWERS: What would she tell you to do if she were here--just sit there? Or, get up and audition?
JADA: Get up and audition.
MUSIC TEACHER: Well, then, let's go!

Jada came up and quietly sang for us.

MUSIC TEACHER: Jada, first of all, you hit every single note. Now go ahead and sing out and have confidence!

The next day, we got this letter from Jada:


Why I like Drama and Music room is because you get to sing and it's my favorite because I always sing and sometimes my aunt tell me to stop singing. I love plays. It's just that I’m very proud that I tried out for because a great man and a great woman said that I can do it and I believed in my self and I did so I know that I should try. YOU ARE GREAT PEOPLES!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Fictional Cutting.

Today I was making a video of kids pretending to go on a field trip.

MR. BOWERS: OK, so, I need you guys to line up for this shot like we're going on a field trip, you don't need to get in any order because this is not a real line, we're not really going anywhere...
MR. BOWERS: (sigh.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Where Do You Live?

Sometimes the kindergarteners come up to me and say the most random things:

GABRIEL: Mr. Bowers, yesterday, at my mom's house in my dad's hotel, I learned to beat-box!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More PreK Caleb

This kid is FOUR!!! Unbelievable.

MR. BOWERS: Caleb, stay in your seat, I would hate to have to call your mother.
CALEB: Mothers are ridiculous!
MR. BOWERS: Even YOUR mother?
CALEB: Not my mother.
MR. BOWERS: You know what, I may have to call your mother.
CALEB: I know you wouldn't call my mother and tell her that I said she was ridiculous, I thought you were nice.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Maybe for your parents!

MR. BOWERS: There are stories all around us. In reality, we each have our own stories that we live every day. You know, you are all a big part of your parents' story--and your parents story goes way back before you were born. Your parents stories were going on for twenty or thirty years before you came along--
ANDREW: --and RUINED the story!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Random 1st Grader

AINSLEY: Mr. Bowers, last night I went to the rodeo to see the Rascal Flat and I lost a tooth.
MR. BOWERS: How much did the Tooth Fairy give you.
AINSLEY: One dollar and 40 cents*!

*Her sister told me that she actually got one dollar--but it was 4 quarters--I can see the confusion :)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

4th Grade John Paul

John Paul is now a 4th grader. Today, I saw him with a big stack of "starbucks." A starbuck is a kind of reward thing that we do at our school:

MR. BOWERS: John Paul, are you stealing Starbucks?
JOHN PAUL: No, Mr. Bowers, that would be un-patriotic.

Friday, March 04, 2011

PreK Logic

Today we were in the music room and Caleb (preK) was edging over near the drums.

MR. BOWERS: Caleb, what are you doing over there? Come back over here and sit with the class.
CALEB: But, I wanted to show y'all how those drums sound.
MUSIC TEACHER: We already know how they sound.
CALEB: But I don't.