Hello once again and welcome to the fourth link-up of my Weekly Summer Link-Up party! I have been having so much fun reading and learning about teachers from around the world. So far, I have had people from Canada, the United States, Norway and even a post from South Africa (thanks, Tamsyn) link up! Your response has been amazing – and I would like to extend a bog thank you to everyone who comes here to read and link up. You have given me the motivation to keep blogging throughout the summer months.
Sorry about making this post later than usual. As I was writing this last night, HELLO PROCRASTINATION!, I realized that I was missing some important photos of my classroom and I could only get them this morning.
So… teaching quirks! We all have them! A quirk is something that someone does that makes them stand out from the others around him/her. I have quite a few, as I am sure my colleagues would love to tell you about, such as my love of Tim Hortons coffee first thing in the morning or my very messy desk. But the one that I want to focus on today is my “Pen and Pencil Wall of Fame”.
I love using red pens. I know, I know… there is something out there called the “Red Pen Syndrome” where teachers with red pens make their students papers look like they have been massacred. Others believe that red pen on white paper is aggressive and harsh but I disagree on both accounts. I disagree simply because I like the way my red pens look on the paper. My comments, questions, check marks, and error circles are easy for my third graders to find because with my trusty red pens, my writing POPS off the page. I know that my students and their parents will see my comments quickly and any corrections that need to be completed are easy to spot as well.
I always have a stash of red pens at home and school, and I always keep a few in my teacher bag just in case I find myself doing some correcting at the arena during my daughter’s figure skating lesson or at the pool for my son’s swimming lessons. There could be 5 red pens on-the-go at any one time!
One day, a co-worker asked me how many red pens I go through in the run of a year and that got me thinking… “How many red pens DO I use each year?” And that thought got me to thinking, “I wonder how many pencils Grade 3 students use in a year.” So, at the beginning of the school year for 2013-2014, I decided to keep track of them in a very unique way.
I made a Pen and Pencil Wall of Fame!
The rules for the Pen and Pencil Wall of Fame are very simple.
Rule #1. Only red pens that are used my Miss Monica are allowed on the wall.
Rule #2. Only pencils that are used by Third Graders and are smaller than a Grade 3 student’s finger are allowed on the wall.
Here is the wall at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 year:
And here it is again at the end of THIS year:
That’s a whole lot of pens and pencils!
Everyone who comes into my classroom is always amazed at Grade 3’s Pen and Pencil Wall of Fame! As some pencils have the names of students on them, the Wall of Fame also serves as a great reminder of the wonderful children who have been in my class. Quirky, don’t you think?
This Pen and Pencil Hall of Fame is one of my best quirks! It serves as a reminder of how hard we have all worked in the classroom and it also makes a great art installation in the room!
What is your quirk? Link up below and tell me all about it!
Until next week,
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