One thing my professors didn't teach me: always have individual dry erase boards and extra markers in your classroom, cause middle schoolers. love. writing on dry erase boards.
Middle schoolers in the Middle East--especially my seventh-graders-- are no exception. Every time I turn around one of them is on my dry erase board. At home I thwarted this nuisance by giving each kid a small board of her own to write on and letting them go to town. Unfortunately I didn't bring those boards across the ocean with me, so my classroom board falls victim to the occasional random "Hi" or "Sara was here."
Well today after the final bell rang, I was finishing up with a couple students and I saw one of my angels approach the board, needing a fix. She started to write a goodbye message on the board, but it went like this:
[erase the Ms.]
[erase the Mrs.]
[erase the Miss]
Bye Ms. Ek
Bye Ms. Eck
[erase Eck whispers to classmate standing nearby and asks how to spell my last name. Gets shrugged shoulders in response. Keep in mind there is a giant "get to know your teacher" poster with my name plastered all over it approximately 10 feet away from both of them]
Bye Ms. Ec
"Bye Teacher!" she called as she high-tailed it out the door.
Maybe this is only funny to me and my fellow middle school loving colleagues, but I just had to share.