#bestteacherever

meet Folk.

folk

I interviewed him briefly for this post.

Folk is 6 years old and has one big brother.

When asked how he was, his response was, “hungry.”  {not joking.}

English is his favorite subject, red is his favorite color and rice is his favorite food.

meet Silence Sprinkles.

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Silence Sprinkles was a genius idea that I stole from this genius teacher.

They’re a magical concoction made of glitter and dry rice used to help students remember to not talk while Miss Samara is talking.

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the Story:

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At the School of Promise we have a disciplinary system based off of colors.  Every student starts with green clip at the beginning of the day.  If the student performs well through out the day they are given a blue clip.  On the other hand, if the student needs some reminders to behave they are given a yellow as a warning, followed by a red which results in a detention.  Pretty standard.

Maybe I’m just a big softy.  But, for the first part of the school year I was really conflicted about this system.  I felt like my kids were too young and too inexperienced in the English language to do anything deserving a detention.

The problem that I was running into was there is nowhere to go after giving a student a yellow, aside to the dreaded red.

I wasn’t having huge disciplinary issues really…just the normal things: talking, talking, talking and the occasional wrestling match during art and/or PE, but, again, nothing warranting a red.

This is where the Silence Sprinkles enter my classroom.

I was very excited about these.

I explained to my class that if a student was having a hard time remembering to be quiet while Miss Samara is teaching that I would put a spoonful of Silence Sprinkles on their head and the Sprinkles would magically help them remember to be quiet.  If the Sprinkles couldn’t get the job done the student would then get a yellow.

In essence these Sprinkles were to be a warning before the warning.

Again, I was very excited about these Sprinkles.

My class, in general, is full of very well behaved children.  I was actually quite disappointed the day I introduced the Silence Sprinkles because my children were so on task.

That is, until Folk decided to start up a passionate conversation with the student behind him.

Perfect!

I got the container of Silence Sprinkles and explained that Folk needed a little help remembering to be quiet.  {I wish you could have seen the excitement on my face…}  I opened the jar, took a spoonful out and ever so delicately poured the spoonful on Folk’s head.

To my complete astonishment Folk began to weep.

Tears streaming down his chubby face and eyes filled with a mixture of fear and shame he looked at his teacher for comfort.  Unfortunately, Miss Samara could not be of any comfort to him…as she couldn’t stop laughing.

I’m serious.

I just laughed at him.  and laughed.  and laughed.

The rest of the class was silent.

I was finally able to pull myself together and brought Folk out of the classroom.  I explained to him that I was not mad at him and tried to lull his tears.  As my comfort was no longer able to be received, I told him to go wash his face and come back to the class when he was ready.

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I later talked to my co-teacher about the situation and had her explain the Silence Sprinkles to Folk and the rest of the class.  She was able to talk to Folk (as her Thai is obviously much more advanced…dang native speakers…) and told me that Folk thought the Sprinkles were a sort of black magic and was scared of what they would do to him.

So there you have it.

My students are scared that I am using black magic in the classroom to keep them quiet.

and I just laugh uncontrollably at them while they’re having emotional breakdowns.

#bestteacherever

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Since this, my co-teacher has regularly used the Silence Sprinkles (along with some of my other ‘first grade ideas’) and the students are no longer terrified by their magical powers.

Folk has also proven to be a very… emotional child and cries regularly.

So… I actually don’t feel bad for laughing at him at all.

xo

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the word magic was never used when I explained the Silence Sprinkles to the students… only that they would help the student to remember.  😉

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7 responses to “#bestteacherever

  1. Anne

    I wonder if magic sprinkles would work with my high schoolers?

  2. I LOVE silence sprinkles – what a great idea! And the name Folk. I met a kid in China named Ford. But I really like Folk. Thanks for sharing you life!

  3. gramma Sharon

    On an antiques roadshow episode that I watched recently,
    a woman showed a letter that her grandmother received from president Gerald Ford: She had been his kindergarten teacher and he remembered the class well/ pretty kindergarten teacher you are making wonderful memories with your class even with Folk

  4. i think it’s great how you have made your class your own and how your co-teacher is right there with you…the silence sprinkles are awesome (and so so magical:)

  5. I want silence sprinkles for my clients!

    And I can imagine that whole scene playing out. You are hilarious. I love you. 🙂

  6. oh Samara. You laughed in Folk’s face. Oh sweet little man. love you and your creative, fun ways! Go magic Sprinkles! very sad that he thought you put a spell on him…hmm, that says something about this culture we are surrounded by. hmmm

  7. Paul

    LOL. Maybe you should’ve told Folk that Jesus will protect him from the dark magical powers of the Silence Sprinkles. But that might’ve resulted in Jesus supporting Folk talking during class…

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