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You know you’re married to a primary teacher when . . .

You know you’re married to a primary teacher when . . .

You collect toilet paper tubes all year long until you have several clear recycling bags full of them. You are happy to find Kleenex boxes, cereal boxes, and paper towel tubes of different sizes to add to the pile. (And then you get to see pictures of them turned into penguins for the Antarctic habitat or huge medieval castles complete with knights and cellophane moats surrounded by proud kids.)

You visit teacher supply stores on vacation in other cities (who would think there’s one in SoHo in NY?) and use up some of your customs limit bringing back DVDs, books, and art supplies.

You own over 600 crayons including all the weirder colours.  You keep these in Tupperware to preserve their freshness. 😉 Ditto for bits of wool, string, pipe cleaners, ribbon, and anything that can come off present wrapping and be used in crafts.

You have class sets of blunt nosed scissors, glue sticks, coloured paper, rulers, compasses, and protractors.  You save packaging from panty hose and have Bristol board behind the dresser just in case.  You see cotton balls at the drug store and think snow not make-up removal.

You find tuning forks, prisms, 20 flashlights, and more randomly around the place.  You play with it just your inner grade fur kid is still there.

22 musical instruments (recorders) are disassembled and drying in dish drainer to detoxify last year’s spit out of them. And you find the sheet music to “My Dreidel” written for the recorder that comes with an instrumental CD to keep the class in tune and in synch!  I knew those library reference skills would come in handy someday.

You’re excited to find free posters in magazines of whales, animals, planets, etc. and maps too!

You look at the tchotchkes in library trade show halls and see if you can get enough for the class. Biggest hits – fun pens, pedometers, critters, balls, Frisbees … and then try to explain it at the border to customs.

You’ve marked a spelling test, math quiz, and trouble shoot tech problems.  And felt bad when one kid did badly.

Your cellphone data plan is mostly used to answer random questions in class.  Your spouse gets really excited when she buys a peripheral for her iPhone that can project penguin videos on the whiteboard in a WiFi-free classroom.  And you’re excited too.

Your kids’ books are all at school in the class ‘library’.  And you continue to buy more.  Same goes for the Lego™ – it’s all at school.

You stock up on Halloween candy after Oct.31st on sale since it’s shareable “with-the-whole-class”.  You have to find the ones that are nut free, no peanuts, and include sugar-free, vegan, soy or milk-free, and Kosher options.

You get used to losing at least one day of every weekend to lesson planning and many days to report cards.

And your dinner conversations are brainstorming ideas and strategies for whatever kid is struggling, melting down, or having a life crisis.  You know 20+ kid’s names and their history of ups and downs but can’t put a face to the name. You know more than you wanted to about ADD, ADHD, autism, elective mutes, death of a parent, divorce, new siblings, pediatric cancer, IEPs, psychiatric assessment, social workers, special ed, and more.  And you’re impressed with the diversity of issues and support for just one class. You end up caring about them.  And it’s only halfway through month three!

Stephen

Posted on: November 16, 2014, 1:08 pm Category: Uncategorized

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