Tuesday, December 18, 2007

You Can Take the Teacher Out of the Classroom...

I used to teach elementary school. I was good at it. The kids liked me. The parents liked me. The principal liked me.

For some reason, I thought being a good teacher meant I would be a good mom. But I found out very quickly that it is much easier to control a classroom full of sixth graders than one colicky infant.

I think teaching is easier because you are only with the children 8 hours during the day, with breaks at lunch and recess. The students come with their clothes on, shoes tied, teeth brushed (sometimes) and all other basic needs met. Plus, you don't have to live with them.

I wouldn't trade being a mom for a classroom full of the best-behaved students in the world. But sometimes, I like to pretend I am still the professional educator and that my children are my willing and eager pupils.

Here is our holiday/geography project:


Thanks to all of you who have sent cards and are helping my kids find the states on the US map as well as learning the correct postal abbreviations! We have received 30 cards so far, from ten different states as well as Vietnam and Canada. Arizona is winning in the "most cards" contest...probably thanks to Nana and Papa who sent an individual card to each family member. Utah and Pennsylvania are tied for second place.

Results will be posted before the New Year. Stay tuned...

19 comments:

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

What a cool idea - I'm so stealing that for next year. And we're also proud and happy to be your one check mark for MO.

Bridget said...

Any other ones for OR? Wow, 30 cards, how popular are you??!

Dancin Queen said...

What a fun idea! I want to do that next year too! Remind us in November that you're doing it..

Mique said...

I love this idea- I am for sure stealing this. How fun and a great way to learn. You are our lone PA representative. Thank you for sending me a card- your kiddos are adorable.:)

marta said...

this is a super cute idea. way to go, gab! yeah, and a whopping 30 cards and still a week to go. i officially announce you the holiday card queen.

Lisa-Marie said...

I LOVE that idea. But I agree, will you please remind us next year in November?!?!?!!?

I taught school as well. Just yesterday someone was talking about home schooling. The sweet mother I am said, "If I'm going to be teaching any kids, I'd rather it not be mine and I want a pay check too!"

Holly said...

Love your brain! This is a fantastic idea--I see it in my future in fact.

martha corinna said...

This is a wonderful idea. My children would love it, especially since our family and friends are so spread out.
Where do you get your genius?

Anonymous said...

Muy linda e interesante tu idea, les mando a tus hijos un saludo desde Buenos aires Argentina, FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!!!!
Gaby

Jill said...

What a great idea! Love it :)
I guess mine won't be the only Missouri. Bummer. Loved your card by-the-way. THANKS!!!!!

Jessica said...

Yet another fun Christmas tradition to add to the 15 we'll be starting next year.

And, I totally wish I loved my own children as much as I love my Primary kids on Sunday. So I get that good teacher=good mom misconception.

Rochelleht said...

I see a very snazzy card up there. So proud to represent TX.

Rochelleht said...

Ummm, not that Cheryl isn't going to throw her hat in the ring. And if you haven't gotten her card yet, I will say that her picture is gorgeous. Thanks to Katri's photography skills.

Marty said...

What a fun way to learn geography! You still are a great teacher. It's too bad you don't get Christmas vacation.

Celia Fae said...

Yeah, please remind us again of your genius about November next year. What a terrific idea?

I saw Paige's card on there. Mine's coming. Put it over hers.

Paige said...

Yahoo! I'm there. Should I send you a few more so CA wins?

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

I'm totally using this idea next year and I'm with everyone else: I hope you remind us.

Gotta love teachers.

lainakay said...

Love this idea! You are so clever!

My card will be a tad late this year. Snafu at the paper company I order from. Yikes!! I've never sent them so late before! Anyway, one from New England coming your way!

Loved your card. The kids are adorable and you have such pretty handwriting!

mama jo said...

love that idea...very clever

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