Wedding Invitations

My sixth graders all for some reason REALLY want me to get married.  I’m not sure why, as they would still call me Mizz Whatever.  But they seem to think that it would be a good idea. They told me as much in class one day:

“Ms. C, when you get married, you shouldn’t change your last name.”
“Oh, why not?”
“Because you’re last name is COOL.”
“Also, Ms. C, when you get married you HAVE to invite us to your wedding!”
“Really? Why?”
“Cause we’re like your best friends EVER!!”

The entire class agreed with this assertion, so I now have to budget 60 teenagers into my future wedding plans, whenever that will be.  At least they have this all figured out for me.


New Clothes or How To Identify a Chemistry Teacher

I have a lab coat that I made during one of my semesters in college. Most lab coats look something like this:5700_large

Kinda plain and boring, but the job is just to protect you and your clothes.  My lab coat, however is tie-dyed in pinks and blues and is one of the most distinctive garments I own.  It shrieks “I’m a chemistry nerd and I know it!”  Ok, so that’s my lab coat.

In addition to being a teacher, I also watch the crosswalk after school so that if anyone gets hit by the cars that go screaming through the intersection it will be me and not the students.  For this job, I wear a neon orange vest that looks something like this:untitled

And yes, I do wear the two together as I march through the crosswalk in my ruby red shoes.  I am now identified as “the-teacher-in-the-lab-coat-and-neon-vest-at-the-crosswalk-who-looks-like-a-student.”  My name just gets longer everyday.

Ms. C’s potential husband

Two of my sixth graders walked up to me laughing and laughing. I asked them what was so funny (point of interest, this question gets you all sorts of strange answers). They told me that they had been talking about me and one of the eighth graders had looked at them strangely. They said that they were trying to figure out why I was not married yet and then proceeded to list all my good qualities: “I don’t understand why you don’t have a husband, Ms. C. You’re smart, and funny, and pretty, and SKINNY!”
So obviously I should be married, mostly since I’m skinny.

A little bit about this

Hello, I’m Ms. C, welcome to my blog about the wonderful world of teaching!
I am a first year teacher (currently in the middle of month nine) and thought that, since I will never have another first year of teaching again, I should probably share a little bit about the laughs and the joys that I have had this year.  I teach middle school chemistry (not science, chemistry) to about two hundred students.  I know all my kids, and they all have different personalities and different takes on life.  It has been a challenging year, full of laughs, tears, shrieks, and yells, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Looking forward to the end of this year (really, who isn’t?) but I’m thrilled for next year too.  More students, more challenges, more laughs – bring it on!