Saturday, December 15, 2012

Get it Right

Overheard this in the cafeteria today:

3RD GRADE GIRL:  Nuh-uh, he doesn't...he don't do that!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Blend In

We were watching The Nutcracker with the 5th graders today.

FREDDIE:  I don't like this, this is dumb.
MR. BOWERS:  Freddie, aren't you going to be RICH when you grow up?
MR. BOWERS:  Well, rich people like watching Ballet, so you better start enjoying it.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Lost From Words

Today, we are doing our annual production of  YO LEONARDO, which is a musical celebrating famous artists, so I decided to wear a beret to go along with my curly mustache:

TAMIA:  Mr. Bowers!  You look like, uhh, one of those people who wear that kind of hat...and, uhh, can draw real good!
MR. BOWERS:  You mean, an ARTIST?
MR. BOWERS:  Thank you. 

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Xavior is a PreK'er this year and we call him Xavitor because on the first day of school, his name tag was kinda hard to read and the "I" looked like a "T", and well, we do have kids with strange names, so it just stuck.

Today, he was in computer class and I was in there helping out the copmuter teacher.  Xavitor was playing a game where his cheetah was racing other cheetahs.  He was running into the other cheetahs and making them crash into the rocks:

XAVITOR:  Yeah!  Take that, SUCKER!  Yeah SUCKER, I beat you!
MR. BOWERS:  Xavitor, why are you calling those cheetahs suckers?  You should call them Lollipops instead. 
XAVITOR:  Take that, LOLLIPOP!  Yeah, LOLLIPOP, I beat you!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Today I Shaved My Beard

I guess it made my face look smaller to a kindergartener:

Mr. Bowers, did you find some exercise?

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Get After It.

Darius is in 5th grade and does not take school seriously.  His parents are hearing impaired, so my attempt to talk to them at a school function failed.  I had a chance to strike up a conversation with him and hopefully I got him to think.  

MR. BOWERS:  What do you want to be when you grow up?
DARIUS:  A football player.
MR. BOWERS:  Me, too, but I'm too short.  However, a small, fast kid like you could make it to the NFL.  Where does the NFL get their players?
DARIUS:  College.
MR. BOWERS:  And where do colleges get their players?
DARIUS:  High School.
MR. BOWERS:  And so on, right?   Have you heard of,  "No pass, no play?" If you don't pass your classes, you can't play on the team.
MR. BOWERS:  Think about Beyonce, she's from Houston, just like you.  What do you think she was doing when she was a kid?  Don't you think she was taking dance classes?  Some singing lessons?  Practicing?  How do you think she was doing in school?  I'll bet she took it seriously.  Do you play football now?
MR. BOWERS:  Then you're on the right path.  Don't let your your path get blocked because of your grades.

Oh, That's What it Means

KARIS (KINDERGARTNER):  Mr. Bowers, if you hair is white and your beard is white and it's long and smooth...that means you're a WIZARD.

Monday, November 05, 2012


Mississippi is the nickname for a new kid at our school who is from Mississippi and has a THICK Mississippi accent. The Music Teacher and I were talking to the kids about artists and how many of them choose to use the human body as their muse.

MUSIC TEACHER:  You know, when you think about it, humans are pretty amazing creatures.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


MR. BOWERS:  Kindergartners, what do you do when you get scared?
YOUSEF:  I hide out under my bed!
PARKER:  I think about unicorns...and princesses coming to save me.

...and then there's this:

JONAH:  I'll just get my mom to get me a lightning sword with an axe on it.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Ok, two gross things have happened this week at my JOB.

1.  One of the 2nd graders left a used band-aid inside one of the puppets.
2.  One of the Pre-k'ers decided it was a good idea to poop on the sidewalk, and some other random kid accidentally stepped in it and left a poo trail.

I love my job!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Unintentional Cursing

MR. BOWERS:  Jacoby...? Jacoby...? Is Jacoby here?
KINDERGARTENER:  No, he's ass-bent.

Friday, October 05, 2012


I have been growing a beard for four months now, and I am starting to get some interesting things said to me by the kids:

Kindergarten:  You look like a Beard.
1st Grade:  Is that a real mustache?
2nd Grade:  Did you grow a beard?
3rd Grade:  Hey, Santa.
4th Grade:  Do you use conditioner in your beard?
5th Grade:  When did you grow a beard?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012


(Mr. Bowers enters his room of First Grade Drama Students  and quickly downs a bottled water.)

HAWA:  Why you drinkin' so much water?
MR. BOWERS:  I'm trying to lose weight and water is good for you.
HAWA:  Milk will help you lose weight.
MR. BOWERS:  Milk is good for you, but if you drink too much of it, you'll get fat.
HAWA:  My mom drinks skinny milk.

Monday, October 01, 2012

English as a Second Language 2

Many of our students have English as a second language and that leads to some great this one:

ISHAN:  Mr. Bowers, I went to Sonic and I got to have a HOG DOG.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kinder Quote

KIAN:  Mr. Bowers, vultures eat dead food.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Funnier Now

MR. BOWERS:  Saanvi, I like you much better as a 2nd grader, last year you never laughed at my jokes.
SAANVI:  Those jokes weren't funny.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Kindergarten Shovel

MR. BOWERS:  Kindergartners, what is the name of this object?
RASHAAD:  A spoon!
MR. BOWERS:  No, it's something you dig with.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Generation 2000

I have a picture in my room from my first play that I did in College.  One of the 2nd graders asked me about the picture today:

LISA:  Why are you dressed like a pirate in that picture?
MR. BOWERS:  Oh, that is from when I was in college, see, it even has the year on it, "1989."
LISA:  NINETEEN?!?!?!?!?!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Future Student

MRS. PARK:  Mr. Bowers,  I need to take Ziara to the office, she's leaving, her mom is about to have the baby.
MR. BOWERS:  Ok, hurry up Ziara and go with Mrs. Park.

(they leave...a few seconds later, they return)

ZIARA:  Mr. Bowers, can I have a sticker to give to my new brother?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Or Taste Buds

Jade in First grade said, "When you eat something, you taste it with your tasty bumps."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Home Work

JACOB:  Mr. Bowers, I was in the newspaper this summer.
MR. BOWERS:  That's great!  Why were you in the paper?
JACOB:  Because my mom came home from Iraq.
MR. BOWERS:  Cool, is she still home?
JACOB:  No, she's at work.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Quarter Pocket

I try to have a quarter in my pocket every day in case there is a kid with a birthday.  Well, the other day as I was doing laundry, I saw the proof of that! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Not Born Yesterday

DANIELLA (2nd grade):  Ohh, you can't fool me, don't you know I was born tomorrow!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Dream On

Nelson is looking at a picture of my friend, Alan:

NELSON:  Mr. Bowers, your friend looks like Stone Cold Steve Austin.
FREDDY:  Aww, I wanna look like Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Close, but no Popcicle

MR. BOWERS:  I'm sorry, Kindergarten, but to go to the Popcicle Party, you have to have many Accelerated Reader points, so, you need to be able to READ!
JADE:  I can spell CAT!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Nicholas just owned Christian at Star Wars Trivia and Christian had a bummed out look on his face, so I went over to check him out.

MR. BOWERS:  Christian, if Nicholas is bothering you with all these Star Wars questions, I can ask him to stop challenging you.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

When I Grow Up

MITCHEL: I wanna be a Mathematician.
AUBRIELLE: I wanna be a Model who rides horses for fun.
NICHOLAS: I really wanna be Bounty Hunter.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's All Greek to Me

Kennedy is a kindergartner:

KENNEDY:  I don't like China!
MR. BOWERS:  Why not?
KENNEDY:  Because they speak Spanish.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Baby Grandma

Today, Angel's 2nd grade teacher told me that he was being disrespectful--especially to the girls in the class:

MR. BOWERS:  Angel, a long time ago, did your mom used to be a little girl in 2nd grade?
ANGEL:  Yes.
MR. BOWERS:  Well, if you can imagine her as a little girl, would you want some 2nd grade boy being mean to her?
MR. BOWERS:  You see, in about 50 years, all these little girls in your class could be somebody's mom--or GRANDMA! You gotta treat all the girls in your class with respect!
ANGEL:  OK, Mr. Bowers :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Break it up!

Today there was a little scuffle between two 4th grade boys:

MR. BOWERS: Jeremiah, tell me what happened.
JEREMIAH: I was just touching his jacket and he told me that if I did it again, he was gonna kill me! Then I told him, "Do it!" Then, he just started choking me!!!
MR. BOWERS: Well, you did just ask him to kill you. What did you expect?

Monday, April 09, 2012

On This Boulevard

Workin dat PreK boyeeee:

BROOKLYN: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star...."
MR. BOWERS: Nice job, Brooklyn, now, who else know a song?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

That's Right!

MR. BOWERS: So, Kindergartners, why do some animals have to live at the zoo?
NATHAN: It's because they can't live in people's houses.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Meet Your New Padawan

MR. BOWERS: Hey, Christian, meet Nicholas; he's a bigger Star Wars fan than you are.
CHRISTIAN: Oh yeah? How many arms does a Zillo Beast have?

And I thought I was a nerd.

Friday, March 23, 2012


So, when the Computer teacher went to fix the internet box that the Momma squirell nested in, she found 3 babies! It cost $15,000 to fix the wiring, so you do the math.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

It Wasn't Me!

HELP!! I ain't the one who made the squirrel nest in the internet wire box thingy! that was Bob! I was just mindin' me own business lookin' for food when all of sudden I get stuck in this cage! Now, me whole mornin' is ruined and who knows where they'll take me! I didn't choose to live at a school where there is an endless supply of snacks! These trees were here before the buildings were!!! Let me go!!!

Such is life, kids.

Monday, February 27, 2012

He Can't Hitchhike Either

For some reason the squirrels on our campus have been making a nest in the internet wire box outside.

Today, the school district caught a squirrel in one of their cage\trap thingys.

MR. BOWERS: Oh, look 2nd graders, they caught a squirrel!
LIZBETH: He can't get out because he doesn't have any thumbs.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Where You Goin?

MR. BOWERS: Ashton! You aren't supposed to be out here in the T-Building area in the morning! You need to be in the Kindergarten Hallway with your class.
ASHTON: But, I'm 'lergic to hallways :(

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Old English?

My second graders, yesterday:

PEYTON: Shakespeare? That's what they speak in Harry Potter!
AARON: No, that's Parselmouth!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Money Maker

The other day, Aaron showed up wearing a hoodie and not letting anyone see his hair. Apparently, he had tried to cut his own hair and messed up and his mom was making him wear the haircut as punishment. I told him to OWN it and tell his classmates what happened. Then, tell 'em if they want you to cut their hair too, it'll cost 'em $5.

What Are Ancestors?

NICHOLAS (2ND GRADE): An ancestor is like my great, great, great, caveman grandfather.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dear Cupid,

Can you please NEVER make Valentines Day happen on a school day EVER AGAIN!!!



Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'm gonna Start Saying That

Ellen, a 3rd grader, who was was describing someone who had lost weight said, "He lost all his CHUB."


On old teacher at my school used to say, "Children are like barometers, when they weather is crazy, so are they!"

Today is one of those days and the children are WILD and LOUD! I had to get their attention...

MR. BOWERS: HHHHEEEEYYYYY!!!!!! (They all got silent) You know, this rainstorm is a great opportunity for me to practice my SELF CONTROL.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The music teacher is selling these smelly pencils called, "Smencils" to raise money for our after school clubs. I took a whiff of the ch-ch-cherry flavored pencil, and it reminded me of a scratch-n-sniff book that I had as a kid:

MR. BOWERS: Sssnnnnniiiifffffff...ahhh, this takes me back to my childhood.
TROY: Aw, man, i wanna go back to my childhood.
MUSIC TEACHER: Troy, I got news for ya, you're already there.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Called Her Bluff

The other day in the cafeteria, Susanna was talking loud and acting wild--as usual. I questioned her behavior:

MR. BOWERS: These are not MY rules--they will tell you to behave at ANY school.
SUZANNA: Not at my last school.
MR. BOWERS: You mean, they let you act crazy at your old school?
MR. BOWERS: What was the name of your old school?
SUZANNA: Yellowstone Academy.
MR. BOWERS: Here in Houston?

Now is where I get out my cell phone, put it on speaker phone for her to hear and call information, get the number and call Yellowstone Academy.

SUZANNA: (As it's ringing.) No, no, you don't have to call them...
MR. BOWERS: (on the phone) Hello, I am a teacher and I have a former student of yours here and she says that y'all let kids act you let any of your kids act crazy at your school?
YELLOWSTONE: Oh, no, never!
MR. BOWERS: Ok, thank you! (hang up) What NOW Suzanna???

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

What Goes Around

Yesterday, I was walking and I hear Coach Reid call me over:

COACH: Hey, Bowers, come here, I got something for your blog. Check out what happened to Aaron (3rd grader) on Christmas break.
AARON: My house got broken into.
MR. BOWERS: Aaron, that's terrible, did they steal a bunch of stuff?
COACH: Here's the good part.
AARON: Well, they stole $22 from me, but $20 of that was money that I had stole from my sister, so, really they only took $2 from me.