Primary Teachers are..QUIRKY!

Primary Teachers 
are
QUIRKY!
HUH???
Quirky is defined as…  

”  something that is strange/not normal but 

cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd.”


You mean ME?  I am…. ODD?

YES! YOU!

Here are the top 5 reasons PRIMARY Teachers are QUIRKY!


We like to “DRESS UP”!
Now in most professions there is a RULE of  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
Teacher's dress codes differ from grade to grade and school to school.
In Teaching…we are a little “QUIRKY”!
Elementary teachers dress up to enhance student engagement.

Elementary teachers dress up to enhance student engagement.

Elementary teachers dress up to enhance student engagement.

Elementary teachers dress up for Halloween  to enhance student engagement.
We tend to “go the extra mile!”
And it’s a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!

How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?

See?  Just a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
 AND …HEELS??? 
 Who can chase little ones
 or grab the glue bottle
 before it puddles 
on the floor..
in heels?
You see…QUIRKY!

SMELLS..
Who doesn’t LOVE to walk into a room smelling of…
LAVENDER
COFFEE
FLOWERS
COOKIE DOUGH
etc.,  etc.

We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!
Strategies for making the classroom SMELL sweeter.

Strategies for making the classroom SMELL sweeter.

Strategies for making the classroom SMELL sweeter.
And then …24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in…
YUCK! Wet puppy smells need strategies for making the classroom SMELL sweeter.
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
UGH!
 And SOME of those 6 year old WET PUPPIES..
NEED  DEODORANT!

And so…we retreat to our OLD FRIEND…
Strategies for making the classroom SMELL sweeter.
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and  get a “CERTIFICATE” to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.

A Little QUIRKY!

But…we do what we need to do to survive!

Myself…I prefer cookie dough candles..  
JUST  ME.
DON’T LIGHT THEM…
JUST SMELL THEM! 

Lunch.

A Primary teacher’s lunch is a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
ONE  HAND!
Teacher multitasking.
I always laugh when someone says,
” You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?”
Yeah…after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND…one doesn’t forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND…if I don’t have to call a parent.
AND..if I don’t need to run off papers.
AND..if I don’t need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note, 
AND..HEAVEN FORBID..
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don’t forget to EAT…it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)

So…bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!
A LITTLE QUIRKY!

DIY
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do  It  YOURSELF..NEVER!  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

I don’t think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn’t involve someone else!
 Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY..
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!

Spray PAINT!
Elementary teachers LOVE to use NEON spray paint for DIY centers and classroom workstations.
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
You have a smile on YOUR FACE?
NEON    SPRAY   PAINT!

Do YOU feel the “NEED”…to  spray
SOMETHING?
I know..it’s OK..
I think some people are “wired” with it.
The NEED  to PAINT!

And we do..
Reading center storage drawers for guided reading centers.

Reading center storage drawers for guided reading centers.

Teacher storage areas for centers, materials, and guided reading books.
We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
And…it’s OK!
( I’m sure SOMEWHERE…there is a 12 step program for this!)
QUIRKY?
YEAH!

BAGS!

No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
BAGS!

“I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie…”
(I think it’s a SONG)
Me dancing…
Lesson plans, lunch, grading papers...bags for teachers

BIG bags for teachers

Bags that have files for grading papers, lesson plans, balanced literacy materials.

Big Bags for teachers
But…
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!

We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG..
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!

And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes…I can carry it ALL in one trip!

(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)

But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!

No…I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
 I just bought the CUTEST  “31”  BAG..  🙂
A LITTLE  QUIRKY!
And so..
Some of us were MEANT to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!

To those who are…
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH..WEAR YOUR TSHIRTS PROUDLY…
AND  SMELL  the QUIRKINESS  in YOUR  WORLD!

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