Thursday, July 14, 2011

"My Teacher Always Says..."

I love this latest link party! Mrs. Bainbridge's Class is hosting one where you can share some of those catch phrases that we all tend to say on a regular basis. Below is her description of the link-up, and then I've shared a few of my own catch phrases!

We've all got those "things" that we say.  What is something you always say to your students?  Maybe it's something cute that you love... or maybe it's something that you heard them start to say to each other that made you go "uh oh!"

1. When students start grumbling or complaining over something ridiculous (i.e. homework, moving on to another subject, going to a less-popular specials class), I almost always say "That's life in the big city!" 

2. "Questions? Comments?" There's no telling how many times I say this in a day. 

3. It always bothers me when kids interrupt me for (what I perceive to be) no real reason at all--usually it's to inform me that someone's playing with their corn at lunch or some other activity that I really don't need to know about. Therefore, when a student approaches me without raising a hand first I always ask, "Is this a 911 emergency?" We spend a lot of time defining what this is--vomiting, protruding bones, or gushing blood. Ironically, I did have a gushing blood incident last year...seriously, a trail of blood all the way down the hallway as I walked this child from the gym to the office. Then we got to have the "this is an example of a 911 emergency" conversation. My kids were in awe of the amount of blood that came from their classmate's nose. Always nice to have real-life examples to work with. :o)

4. When students mumble things and I cannot hear/understand what they are saying, I always say "A little louder please. Mrs. Putman is old and deaf!" They think this is hilarious.

5. My #1 pet peeve in my classroom is when a child needs something and will proceed to follow me around my classroom instead of raising their hand to get my attention. You can say to my kids: "What is Mrs. Putman's #1 pet peeve?" and they will all reply in unison: "Children following her around the room!!!!"

6. Along the same lines as #5--when kids tap me repeatedly and call my name over and over, I will often turn around and start tapping them over and over and calling their name. We both get a little laugh over it, and it helps send the message that they need to raise their hand because it is bothersome to have someone tapping you repeatedly and calling your name.

7. This isn't something I say, but apparently I have a look that one student affectionately named "The Glare" last year. Listening to him explain it to me was so funny that I wrote a blog post about it on my personal blog. Check it out here if you're interested! (After re-reading the post myself, I think I need to add "Get yourself together" as another frequently used phrase.)

What things do you find yourself saying and doing in your classroom? Share and link up with Mrs. Bainbridge!


  1. I always say, "It's like I'm the Pied Piper! Quit following me around the room please!". :)

    Thanks for linking up!


  2. I found you on this linky party and am now following you! :)

    Fantastic 1st Grade

  3. I say "Question? Comments" Queries? Too funny how we all seem to have the same little things we say!
    Thinking of Teaching

  4. Haha! Apparently I have "the look," too! My students know it well! I had one middle schooler ask, "Why do you always look at me like my mom does?" I chuckled and responded, "What are you doing at home to make her look at you like that?"