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Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 18:06

Principal Moment

There are certain things that a teacher must never do:  Never pour Plaster of Paris down the sink.  Never stand on a bathroom scale when teaching your students about pounds and ounces.  Never throw a wilted flower away in front of the child who gave it to you no matter how droopy it is.  And never forget to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. 

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Submitted by angela.killian on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 15:58

Principal Moment

I don’t know why, but kids like to talk about their parents’ ages.  It is a predictable subject of conversation.  Every year, at some time, I will hear one student ask another, “How old is your mom?”

I remember when I first heard the question.  I was twenty-two years old, fresh out of college and newly married. 

When I heard students announce their parents age as thirty-five; I thought, wow, their parents are old!

Pretty soon I was thirty-five, and I heard the question again.  Wow, I thought.  I’m the same age as their parents.

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Submitted by angela.killian on Tue, 02/26/2019 - 18:08

Principal Moment

As a very young child I was invited to sing at church groups and community meetings.  What I lacked in tone, I made up for in volume.  Whenever retirement homes, civic meetings or ladies church groups had a problem, I was invited to sing.  I think I helped them realize that my voice was a lot worse than their problem.

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Submitted by angela.killian on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:37

Principal Moment

Over the years, I have read countless picture books and I always return to the fairy tales.   When I was a classroom teacher, my class would compare and contrast fairy tales.  When discussing their similarities, the children mentioned the existence of magic, witches, castles, elves, spells, curses, which one is a Disney movie, and so forth.  But they always left out one very important commonality – food. 

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Submitted by angela.killian on Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:09

Principal Moment

Did you ever wonder where the Boy Who Cried Wolf went to school?   About ten years ago, he was in my first grade class.  He usually talked with his fingers crossed behind his back.  About once a week, he would walk up to me and point to the sky, or my shoes, or my hair and scream, “Mrs. Killian, look!”  I would look and he would shout, “You looked!”  And laugh.  It was the highlight of his day.

Some days, I would refuse to look and this would drive him crazy.

One day, he came to my desk: “Mrs. Killian, I can’t hear.” 

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Submitted by angela.killian on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 18:23

Principal Moment

Over the years teachers get quite good at telling when a child will be sick.  You see, germs are sequential.  They tend to travel side to side.  Seldom do they jump to the student behind or in front.  And rarely do they skip rows.

If Ronny sits next to Emily, and Emily sits next to Anthony, and Ronny gets sick; teachers know that Emily will be sick in a day or two.  And when Emily is out, they know that soon Anthony will be watching cartoons and eating popsicles at home. 

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Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 12/17/2018 - 17:31

Principal Moment

During the last week before Christmas Break some students bring in gifts for their teachers.  It is very sweet.  Sometimes you’ll find a gift mysteriously placed on your desk at recess.  Sometimes they’ll hand it to you and say, “My mom told me to give you this.  I don’t know what it is.”  And sometimes the gifts come wrapped with lots of love and masking tape.  Those were my personal favorite.

I use to try to wait till vacation to open my presents, but students always beg you to unwrap them.