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#1 Tooth Fairy Troubles
“You have a loose tooth! Oh good! Everyone have a seat and listen! I love when kids have loose teeth because any time that a kid looses their tooth in my room… I get to KEEP IT! The tooth fairy loves when I bring kid teeth home because then she doesn’t have to fly around to all of your houses and only has to come to mine. It makes her job easier. So, if you loose your tooth in this room, I’ll keep it and give it to the tooth fairy and then I’ll get all the money! So everyone with loose teeth go right ahead and wiggle them in here.”
The kids laugh and scream that I can’t have their teeth. They’re mostly sure that I won’t keep their teeth, but not sure enough to test it out. Any time I see a kid wiggling a tooth I say “Oh good! Keep working on that one and lose it in my classroom!” I swear that I haven’t had any lost teeth since I started with this story. :D
#2 Where is that darned door holder?
So, instead of asking for a door holder I choose my own kid. At the beginning of the year they squawk at me about who their door holder is and how I’m doing it wrong (mostly I hear this from Kindergarten kiddos) but I answer by telling them this. “I’m glad that you have a responsible door holder and that that person helps you out around the school, but in my room I get to choose the door holder. I’m going to choose the person who is standing quietly, following directions, and listening. Only the best students are allowed to hold my door because it’s a big job and I’ve got to choose someone I trust.”
I also make door holding a big deal especially with my younger folks. “Door holding is a very special and important job,” I tell them. “You’ve got to be responsible if you’re going to hold my big, heavy door. No one should talk to or touch the door holder. They’re doing an important job for me and I don’t want them to get distracted. Make sure you don’t ever talk to or touch a door holder. They’re busy!”
I make a big deal about it once, and then things run pretty smoothly after that.
#3 Everyone in their own square.
And at my school some teachers do two lines (boy and girl) and some just do one. Last year all Kinder and 1st grade did two lines, but now some K, 1, and 2 do two and some K, 1, and 2 do one. It’s a huge pain in the butt to remember. So, I tell the K and 1 that we line up with two lines in my room, one for boys and one for girls, and after that we do only one line. If their teacher wants to switch them into a different formation in the hallway then he or she can, but in my room, this is how we line up. They don’t fight that.