Real World Applications

Here are my suggestions for state test questions based on real life scenarios so students can apply their skills to real world situations. 

  1. If Miss Haley goes to the office 19 times today and it takes her 200 steps to get there, how badly does she want to put the student who caused her to have to do that in ISR?
  2. Part A: If Miss Haley starts with enough snacks to give each of her 26 students one after each of the four tests but she stress eats 16% of the snacks, how many trips to dollar general will she make in the week? 

2. Part B: If Miss Haley stays up until midnight stressing about the ISTEP and has to get up at 5:20 a.m., what percent of the candy she bought will she eat before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday? How will that change the number of times she has to visit Dollar General?

            3. If Miss Haley and the teacher next door spend approximately an hour and a half testing students on Tuesday and spend approximately twice that time testing on Wednesday, how many state standards could they have covered if they did not have to take the test? 
Look out IDOE, I have more where those came from! 


The Question of the Day

Every few days one of students comes up to me at the end of the day and says, “Miss Haley, are you ready for your question of the day?”

It’s truly one of my favorite things. The questions are always pretty silly but I really enjoy answering them. 

Today’s question of the day…

“Miss Haley, would you rather have 3 kids or 32,000 kids but they all leave you alone?” 

Wow… What a loaded question! 

I cannot ever help but laugh at the questions but the student knows I am laughing with her. 

I told her I think I would rather have three kids who bothered me. I told her three kids would be much less expensive than 32,000. My thoughts really went to, “do I have to actually give birth to 32,000 babies or could I adopt them all?” I didn’t ask her that. The kids are only in fourth grade after all. 

I love that she asks these questions because the rest of the class gets really invested in my answers and debate about whether I made the right choice or not. They sometimes try to persuade me to choose a certain answer if I tell the girl I have to think about it. I hope that this might help the students realize I am not just a teacher who makes them do work and gives them bad grades. It’s good to be a little silly and I am thankful that this student gives me that opportunity. 

It made me think today that I write a bit pessimistically sometimes but there are things I do love about my class. It may not be the place I belong for the rest of my life but for right now I wouldn’t give up my question of the day for anything! 

“I am confident your paper does not say ‘womb’ on it…”

My circus continues to grow ever larger as the days go on. From the addition of some not-so-welcome animals to the former acrobat gone strong man, a whole bunch of funny and ridiculous nonsense went on in my class today. I know this post is a little choppy but I am just trying to get it all out there without making you read an hour’s worth of words.


It was apparently a dancing day in my room because one of my quiet and pretty well behaved students got up out of her seat after winning a game and started dancing like Beyonce in the Crazy in Love music video (ok, I might know what dabbing is but the pelvic thrust thing I do not know the name of… I am not quite that cool).

As I said before, we have had some newcomers to our circus family. We already have lice… then we got fleas… then this afternoon, two hours after recess was finished, I became aware of the presence of a very large black beetle comfortably nesting in a student’s pencil case. He had brought this new friend in from recess (which is against school rules) and hid it from me until it was nearly time to go home. I am not a fan of bugs but I am not exaggerating when I say this beetle was at least a full inch in length. I made the student throw it out the classroom window. We are the first floor and there is a nicely flowered courtyard out there so no harm came to the creepy crawly but for cows sakes who brings a monster like that into a classroom!

While this happened a few days ago, I feel like it should be shared within the context of this post about nonsense. It also relates to some peculiar behavior from the same student that did happen today. A few days ago, I walk into my classroom after recess to the my intermediate mentor teacher just letting my kids have it! I was not surprised that this was going on given the usual state of my students after outside recess. Apparently, one of my more acrobatic students was standing in the middle of the open space in the room with his chair above his head. Just standing there. Not threatening anyone or trying to throw the chair… Just standing nonchalantly with his chair above his head. Today, he was crawling around on the floor during our station time. I asked him why. He replied with a straight face and no sarcasm whatsoever, “I am a cat.” I told him to start being a student and to get his work done.


The student quote of the day comes from a boy in the class who was dancing in the hallway and when I asked him not to he replied, “you’re a teacher… How do you know what dabbing means?”

I have, in fact, used the internet at some point in my life, kid…

The teacher quote for today comes directly from your truly, “I am confident your paper does not say ‘womb’ on it.”

This is not health class. It’s grammar. No where on that paper does it say womb. It says whom. As in, “The sentence subject is about whom?” I somehow managed to escape having to explain to a bunch of ten year olds what a womb is so yay me!