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.