Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Feet You Meet...and You Take My Breath Away

I am not a big fan of feet. In fact, I have serious issues with feet. I have NEVER had a pedicure. Everyone tells me I am missing out but I have not been brave enough to let anyone touch my feet. My feet are very happy here:


I am not sure about you but I missed the class in college "Curriculum Clothes" that taught me the mystical and powerful clothes I must wear to be an effective teacher. When I was hired, they forgot to issue my "ruby red slippers" that would give me magical teaching powers.


I have learned the What Not to Wear cardinal rules of the 4 B's: No b**bs, back, belly or crack. No problema with the first (when I say I am small I mean everywhere!). I haven't shown the belly since I was about 4 years old and supporting a tummy in a bikini was still cute. Crack happens with eggs only because thongs don't happen with me (more on that in a minute!). My back won't make a HUGE appearance often because it is 60 degrees in my classroom and we want to waste money on turning Firsties into popsicles.

As many meetings as we have at the beginning of the year, the discussion of flip flops and shoes always shimmies its way into our agendas....because everyone knows, that if you are wearing flip flops you just became an ineffective teacher who left your brain in the pair of tennis shoes or grandma shoes on your closet floor...and I am not saying this cruelly. =)

No one seems to agree on the definition of a "flip flop". One principal we had began a faculty meeting discussing why we could NOT wear thongs to school. Being Southern gals, we thought she was a little cuckoo for thinking we WOULD be sporting our thongs....being from up North(or maybe it was just her!), she called flip flops thongs. All of us being good ol' Southern chicks thought she was talking about something Captain Underpants might want to give his girlfriend!

Since I love shoes, I thought I would share with you some of the legal and illegal shoes I love to sport.

Mother Nature in Texas is always in need of her hormone medicine because one day it might be in the 40's and the next day in the 80's. I have been loving this warmer weather we are having. My little piggies have come out of hiding the past 2 weeks! =)




How many of these do YOU consider to be a flip flop(and there are more than 2)?
Ewwww, gross foot imprint! =P

Thinking about flip flops made me think about feet and animal feet that I want my kiddos to meet....because last week one wee little one tried to tell my dogs have 6 legs!

To have some feet fun, we are going to read The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss (again!). The children will then solve how many feet would there be if 3 kiddos came to school one day. How many feet would there by if there were a cat, a bird, and a fish? We are going to work on the animal feet cards in a small group and then I'll put them in a math bucket. I have included 2 different recording sheets for you to choose from.
If you grab this *freebie*, I would love for you to please consider following me! =)

Now we are stepping into the next topic...in my cute giraffe shoes! =)

I thought I would try and share little Conscious Discipline tips in my posts(when I remember!). CD is so powerful and I really am amazed at the skills my kiddos learn to solve problems. CD educates and helps teachers first by developing an understanding of why behaviors happen and why the tactics we use often don't work. One way to understand our kiddos who may be having behavior problems is to understand where they are functioning in their brain. When kiddos are angry, sad, and frustrated, they are functioning in their brain stem. This is the fight or flight survival mode. We want to move kiddos to the frontal lobe because this is where problem solving occurs and optimal learning.

When a kiddo is throwing a fit, steaming mad or crying, THEY ARE NOT HEARING ONE SINGLE THING YOU SAY!!!!! They cannot reason or clearly process what you are saying or trying to explain to them. What they are needing you to do is understand and help them calm down. One of the best was to do this is by breathing. Teaching the kiddos that getting oxygen to their brains not only helps them learn better but will help their brain calm down. One of the components of CD is the Safe Place. This is where a child (or YOU!) can go to calm down before addressing the issue/problem...the Safe Place is not time out. I will share more about the Safe Place in another post.

CD teaches the children and adults that there are 4 ways to calm down and practice breathing: THE BALLOON, THE DRAIN, STAR, and doing the PRETZEL. The explanation for each icon is included in the printable. This is from the CD website. Click on the picture to grab you own copy.



Having the child take deep breaths really does help. I still struggle at times to help certain children do this because it seems I always have one or two kiddos that pitches a fit when they don't get their way. I recognize that is one of my "buttons" (although I am usually VERY patient). I am not for spending LOTS of time with a kiddo that needs to get over it and just obey me is struggling with their independence. I tell them I understand what they are going through and how that must feel very frustrating/scary/sad etc. I help them start to breathe and then leave them to calm themselves down. This can also be when you use the We Care Bag and the School Family job of the Encourager can help. Once a child starts the deep, belly breathing they move out of the brain stem and can begin to talk to you about the problem.

My kiddos even recognize when I start to S.T.A.R. I'll hear them say, "Ms. Price your face looks like this (and mirror my face). Your body is telling me you are feeling very frustrated. You need to STAR." They will then come and rub my back (like I rub their backs) and tell me I can handle whatever the problem is.

I know this might leave you a little confused and it can be. CD is like a puzzle. Each piece is necessary but you don't really get a true picture until you put it all together. A good way to start is by introducing one icon at a time. Spend 2 or 3 days or even a week practicing each breathing for 1 or 2 minutes a day. Have your kiddos help find times when the class needs to help a friend calm down and use one of the breathing strategies. We have a star wand that we pull out when we need to help a friend.

The most important tip you need to learn is THEY CANNOT LISTEN, RATIONALIZE, or PROBLEM SOLVE when they are in the brain stem and an emotional mess. We must help them calm down and breathe.

We get out for Spring Break tomorrow and I am so excited! I love Spring! I am going to spend time with my 3 Chickadees (my nieces) and by my sister's pool with a book (if Mother Nature is on her hormone meds). =)

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FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Love your yellow boxes...and I wear flip flops every day at school here in Alabama- there might be anarchy if they said we couldn't wear them!! lol
Jennifer

First Grade Blue SKies

Angela said...

We have the flip flop issue at my school also. The ones that my principal has a problem with are the really cheap ones, like the ones you would wear on a boat, as she often says.

Angela
The Daily Alphabet

Amy said...

I wish I could wear flip flops! Even the "allowed" ones. I am still going to school in my winter boots.

Amy
The Crazy Adventures of a University Graduate

Kara said...

I am from "up North" (Michigan) and I'm pretty sure we all call flip flops, flip flops and the underwear that goes up your butt crack (seriously, so uncomfortable!) thongs! But I would call most of the shoes you pictured sandals and not flip flops. Love the blue ones in the first row especially!

I love wearing flip flops, but could never wear them to school even if I was allowed (we have to have closed toes, per district rule)...too much danger of toes being run over by a wheelchair! Been there, done that, not fun!

Kara
Spedventures

Jennifer said...

I think the naughty flip flops are the rubber ones you don't mind losing while you're on the beach. I'm in Texas too and when it's hot I have to wear my dressy flip flops! I have lots of blinged out flip flops with cow print, etc. Girl- pedicures are so fab! It feels great to have someone massage your feet! My mother calls flip flops thongs. So wrong.
Rowdy in First Grade

Arianne said...

I am so glad we aren't the only one that has this discussion as a staff! We've had closed toed rules one year, no real rules the next and this year the principal said - "You can wear sandals. But you aren't allowed to wear shower shoes." Uh, what?!? Ha...

I truly only think of flip flops as the $2 cheapies from Old Navy!

Ketchen's Kindergarten

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

Out of the 8 pictures I would say 3 of them are flip flops. All of the one that have the strap that go between your big toe and the rest of your toes, I would consider flip flops. However I think flip flops can be dressy. What I want to know is where you got the sandals on the bottom that have the black flowers. Those are super cute and my type of shoe!

Erica said...

Heather, you make me laugh! I am also a TX gal, so I totally understand the crazy weather. Today's weather is absolutely insane. :) Thanks for always writing such wonderful things to make my day better and to make me a better teacher.

Erica

Sprinkles to Kindergarten

Primary Paradise said...

Hi Heather,
Living in Florida flip flops and sandals are a staple in our outfits. Our principal says flip flops are the cheapo kind we wear to the beach. So they are a no no. Loved reading your post about CD. How do I get more information about it.
Tammy
primaryparadise.blogspot

Laurie said...

We just had a new dress code put into place. No more jeans or flip flops. The rule at our school is if you would wear it to the beach then you shouldn't wear it to school. We just wear dressier sandals...not the rubber ones.

I LOVE the ones on the bottom left!

Laurie
http://firstgradelyonsden.blogspot.com/

Laura Starnes said...

I'm in TN and at my old school it was a yearly debate. My principal always said, "no shower shoes". We always took that to mean the cheap ones that you don't mind taking a shower in like you did when you were at camp. I've yet to see a major debate at my new school and mother nature is the same here and our tootsies are starting to show themselves again.
Also, thanks for sharing about the calming down. I actually had one today who hasn't melted in a long time..bad thing is that he's asthmatic! So breathing is definitely a must for him! I do need a safe place for myself sometimes..so glad Spring Break starts tomorrow!

Laura
Kinder Kraziness

Erin said...

Hey! New follower...loving your blog. I teach 4th grade in Louisiana. The shoe post made me laugh because it is such a HOT topic at schools!

Haley said...

You "crack" me up! I am seriously in love with your shoes. I'm funny about my feet too, but when I was 7 months pregnant in July and couldn't bend over to paint my toes, I finally broke down and got one. It wasn't too bad ;)

Haley
Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

Ms. Rachel said...

We don't discuss shoes much, I usually wear closed toes those so I don't get squashed on..

I wouldn't consider any of your shoes "flip flops", to me, flip flops are the plasticy rubbery ones!

Also, Im super interested in CD. I have lots of behaviors (Im a SPED teacher) and I think this could be super useful. I can't wait to read more about it!!


Rachel
Ms. Rachel’s Room

Lisa said...

I've never gotten a pedicure either!! G-R-O-S-S!!!! I don't like to touch my own feet, much less anyone else touching them!!

Too funny! I'm glad I'm not the only person grossed out by pedicures!! :)


Live Laugh and Love to Learn

Traci said...

I also consider flip-flops the plastic cheapy drug store shoes. Not the ones you posted. If those were out-lawed at my school, I would have to go barefoot most days.... and my gray converse don't go with everything :D
Dragonflies in First

Kelly said...

We have no dress code at my school..except that we cannot wear flip flops (either can the students). Apparently it is a safety, not a dressy/casual issue.hmmph. I really love your black sandals with the flowers! Super cute.

Kelly
Kindergarten Kel

Mrs. K said...

Our principal isn't THAT strict so there are many teachers who wear flip flops or shoes that looks flip floppy. :) Thanks for the follow and for your sweet comment. :)

-sally
Mrs. K's Munchkins

Kelley Cirrito said...

We don't have a policy on flip flops, but it isn't very warm for more than a couple of weeks while we are in school. I always dress up but others in my building don't. It kind of gives people mix signals about our building but what can you do. I hope you have a great Friday!!!

Mrs. Poland said...

I would have to say 3 are flip-flops. Anything that has a strap between the toes is not a sandal. And nope.. they are not thongs! That is for Mrs. Captain Underpants.

We have to wear close toed shoes. I am not happy about it at all. I live in the desert. Its hot. I want sandals!

AND pedicures. I love my pedicures... you can't take them away!

Misty
Think, Wonder, & Teach

Laura said...

What a funny topic! But we have had this discussion several times at school. We can wear "nice" flops-Thank Goodness! Love seeing your cute shoes!


Laura
Peace, Love, and First Grade

Pamela Fulk said...

Your newest follower! Thanks for visiting and following me - I'm new to the blogging world but LOVE it!

Flip flops - Our principal decided we needed to define flip flops because they are not allowed. We decided that if it has a heel it is a "sandal" and if it is flat it is a "flip flop". This was good for me because I wear "sandals" every day!

I love this post on CD. I'm going to share it with my principal. Thanks!

Pamela
firstclassteacher.blogspot.com

vicky1970 said...

Heather - you crack me up .... and I MUST Have those giraffe print shoes ( first pic ) where oh where did you get them? And do we have that same store in Southern Calif. so I can get a pair. LOL -- no but really I'm serious. :o)
Vicky
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

Camille said...

Love the freebie! My kiddos will love it, too!

We are allowed to wear any shoe as long as it has a back. So some of yours would not be allowed BUT we have no shoe police so teachers wear whatever.

I LOVE your blog!!!!!
Camille
An Open Door

zputty said...

Thank you for this freebie - a great sort for some patterns that many of my kiddos have a hard time with.

I'm mixed on the shoes. I don't teach in a school that allows jeans or flip flops, but flip flops do appear because it's not monitored and I think nobody wants to spend time defining exactly what they are. I worry more for the safety of kids wearing them - I've seen what flip flops can not protect on the playground and it's not pretty.

Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

I can tell you that FLOPS make GREAT teachers! ha! That's all we pretty much wear at our school!! :) My feet haven't seen the inside of a shoe except for working out - lol....wait.I wore the cat shoes, so the feet were inside shoes then :)

Jan said...

Thanks for the great freebie- it will be a great follow-up for our Seuss week:-) I'm looking forward to more C.D. tips. And as far as shoes, I'm a sneaker person (poor feet)- and that's about all I wear year round!

Mrs. H. said...

Oh my gosh! I have LOVED reading all of your C.D. posts! I have been using classroom meetings (Responsive Classroom) and Positive Discipline ideas for a few years, and have had lots of success, but not quite the amount of success in building a feeling of family. I love how your students care for and celebrate one another! What book or resources would you suggest I start with to begin implementing C.D. in my classroom?

-Mrs. H.

Once Upon A First Grade Adventure

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing about CD! I love reading about how you use it in your classroom. I am definitely going to use the breathing ideas in my class. There's one little girl in particular who I think could really use it!

About flip-flops: at my school students are not suppose to wear flip-flops, but most of the teachers do once it gets warm. I feel kind of guilty though, because we tell the kids they can't, but show them we can. I try to stick to sandals that aren't flip-flops, like some of your other shoes, or those gladiator kind with straps and criss-crossing that were/are popular. I don't feel as bad that way. :) You're shoes are super cute by the way!! ~Heidi V.

Unknown said...

Ooh, I forgot to leave a question, I have a student in particular who can be defiant rather than outright angry or sad. With your knowledge about CD, how would you work with these kinds of students without having a throw down, battle of the wills? Thanks! ~Heidi V.

Unknown said...

Ooh, I forgot to leave a question, I have a student in particular who can be defiant rather than outright angry or sad. With your knowledge about CD, how would you work with these kinds of students without having a throw down, battle of the wills? Thanks! ~Heidi V.

scribbledoodleanddraw said...

Thank you for my first giggle today! I am your newest follower. Thanks for visiting me!

Scribble Doodle and Draw

Surfin' Through Second said...

What cute shoes you have!! Here in Hawaii the standard shoe is as you call them "flip flops". Here we call them "slippers" or "slippahs".
Kids come into the room kick off shoes and most are in bare feet all day along with many teachers. I'm pretty sure the whole state wears them, lol!! I do have some blingy pairs, but I tend to wear the same $3 Old Navy pair each day! Thanks for making me smile today. Have a wonderful weekend.

Corinna

Danielle said...

Since I work in Florida I would be devastated if I couldn't wear open toe shoes/sandals. We are fortunate to have admin. that knows shoes to not make the teacher. You have to have a pedicure at least once. They are the best pick me up after a long hard week :)

Danielle

Angel Read said...

Where I live most of the schools forbid any open-toed shoes as part of the dress code for teachers. I don't know whats so horrible about seeing someone's toes! Maybe they're afraid some little kid will step on our feet and break our toes, and we'll try to get worker's comp! ')
I love the Conscious Discipline info! This sounds like the kind of classroom I hope to have!

Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

hey heather!! I haven't gotten any emails...I wonder if I hgave the wrong address...
jenross1018@yahoo.com

Holly said...

Oh my gosh - oh my gosh!!!! I totally forgot, but back in the day we used to call them "thongs"...I'm from "up north" compared to you, and that's totally what we called them. Can't remember when we made the switch to flip flops though. HA! Your post cracked me up.

Happy weekend, friend!!!!

Holly
Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade


P.S. Your freebie is adorable - of course it is!

Trish said...

Thanks for the freebie! Super cute!
I am of the same opinion in regards to feet! Feet are nasty! Not my favourite body part! LOL!
As for the shoes, I am from Canada and we wear boots 6 to 7 months out of the year! When the warm weather does finally arrive, school is almost over, so we pretty much wear what we want. I tend to favour Dr. Scholl's Gellin' shoes/sandals. They are comfy! I also love Birkenstocks, but I always get a pedicure so my toes and heels look nice after being inside boots for so long!

Angela said...

I don't think any of those shoes are flip flops. They are all super cute sandals! I love the giraffe ones, in particular. In fact, if we lived closer, you might have to hide those from me. ;)

In our school district, we have been trained to use "Positive Discipline". All of these methods are closely linked. In my classroom, in particular, I use the "Responsive Clasroom" model and sware by it. We also use a program called "Dinosaur School" developed at the University of Washington that has nothing to do with dinosuars, but everything to do with kids learning how to handle their emotions and resolve conflict. I'm so glad you've found something that works for you! What a difference that makes. Thanks for stopping by to leave me a comment! I'm so happy to include your blog on my nightly reading list!!

Kristin said...

I totally did a post on flip flops a long time ago. I totally get you!!!
Enjoy your Spring Break!! Mine is still two weeks away.
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Mrs. M said...

Love this post! The flip-flop discussion happens in my school every year. We haven't had warm enough weather just yet, but I'm sure it's coming! Thanks for following my blog! I just followed yours =)

Bobbie ( Mrs. M / The Daily Cupcake)
http://thedailycupcake-akindergartenblog.blogspot.com/

Angela said...

p.s. I awarded you two awards on my blog! Come by and grab 'em if you don't have them already!

Mrs. Cupcake said...

I *always* take a "feet pic" when I'm on vacation! It's like tradition :)

I see three flip flops in your pics, the others are sandals! We can wear open-toe shoes in Sept. and June.

❤Teri
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Sonya said...

Your blog is wicked cute. As a newbie, I wanted to be sure that my blog was both entertaining and educational with a little bit of TpT advertising thrown in. Your blog hits that balance beautifully. I smiled as I read your post. We have the same flip flop conversations at our school, but I live in the Arctic ... so the conversations are pretty short lived. I am glad that you stopped by my blog. It helped me find you:)

Sonya @ librarypatch.com said...

Thank you so much for stopping at my blog! As a newbie, I knew that I wanted my blog to be entertaining, educational, and a little TpT. What a wonderful balance that you have here on your blog. I smiled reading about the flip flops! We have the same discussions with our admins here, but I live in the arctic, so the conversations are relatively short lived. Your blog is adorable and I am your newest follower. Keep up the great work :)

Sonya @ librarypatch.com said...

Thank you so much for stopping at my blog! As a newbie, I knew that I wanted my blog to be entertaining, educational, and a little TpT. What a wonderful balance that you have here on your blog. I smiled reading about the flip flops! We have the same discussions with our admins here, but I live in the arctic, so the conversations are relatively short lived. Your blog is adorable and I am your newest follower. Keep up the great work :)

Ms. Nicole said...

Can I just say, Your blog is beautiful!!!! Wow! Thanks for stopping by mine! I am definitely going to be following you as well! Great stuff!

Today, in second Grade

Thea said...

Heather,

What a great post! I love all the illustrating and referencing. I helps to engage the reader, even if it is another teacher. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am one for your followers too.

Enjoy your spring break! I am a little jealous...mine isn't until April!

Heather said...

I love your blog! Thank you for following mine!

We are having the flip flop issue in my school too! The higher ups say that flip flops cause too many accidents. I'm sorry, but I have never been hurt while wearing flip flops. I have, however, sprained my ankle while wearing high heels! Go figure! ;-P

Have a great week!
Heather @ www.krazyaboutkindy.blogspot.com

Fitbecky said...

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✿Becky✿
aubecky@hotmail.com
2nd Grade Rocks!

Miss Jessie said...

I'm so glad you happened upon my blog bc OMG I LOVE yours!!! Thanks for finding me and you now have another dedicated reader! :)

Sara at school said...

I love to read your blog - you remind me of what is important:) and that thought of they can't hear you! In my class, it isn't so much throwing a fit, but being argumentative or shutting down. Thanks for the ideas on this!
And I'm a shoe lover, too. In fact, Zappos (an online shoe store) recently made me a VIP because I was buying so much from them. Aren't they sweet?

sandi said...

Hi Heather

Enjoyed a giggle about shoe issues at your school. No such problems here - still in our rubber boots. And in the summer, my principal is more worried that I can run on grass, playground rocks and can play in the forest with my kidlets than if I am wearing flip flops or not.

I was just reading a really good book, The Whole Brain Child, that discusses how to connect with the child in his downstairs brain (brain stem) so that you can connect with the upstairs brain and facilitate learning. Sounds like conscious discipline uses the same brain research. I will have to check it out.

Sandi
http://rubberbootsandelfshoes.blogspot.com

vicky1970 said...

Hi sweet friend - I'm having a giveaway spread the word :o) -- come check it out. Thanks for all your support over the past month...it's been fun. :o)
Vicky
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

Mrs. Alegre said...

I came over to visit after reading the sweet comments you left on my blog. What an awesome surprise, I'm your newest follower. I just love a heart to heart and your blog is heartfelt and fun too. It's such a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I'm so glad to be your blogging buddy. I can tell you're a great blessing for your students.
Happy blogging,
Frances
http://www.kinderqueendom.blogspot.com/

Melissa from Awesome in 1st said...

We have also had many conversations about "flip flops". It has been decided that "rubber ones, like the $2.50 at Old Navy" are not acceptable. "Dressy Flip Flops" are ok :)

I see you have already been awarded, we also gave you two awards! So, if you don't already have both, come by and check it out.

Melissa from Awesome in 1st

Reagan Tunstall said...

wow! you have a TON of comments! I have been so out of the blog loop!
Well dearie I hope you will ball up and roll yourself on down to san antonio on Wednesday. I have a guest room. seriously.
Also I just love all your shoes. I love your message too of course and my husbands still embarrases himself saying thongs...he just can't learn it. He needs to breathe and calm down before saying thong...usually around our church friends...
love ya!!
Reagan

TeacherChicks said...

Hello Heather! We are THRILLED that you like our blog! Thanks so much for the sweet comment! We are going to add you to the Blogs We Follow feed on our page and we would be honored if you would do the same for us! Thanks my dear! Your Blog Rocks!!!!

3 Teacher Chicks

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Hi Heather. I'm right there with you on the pedicure thing! I even had a gift card that I let expire...sad, I know, but I just couldn't do it!! :-)

Thanks for follwing our blog - We'll be following you too.

Crystal

Laura Castro said...

Being from the North, I don't know anyone who calls flip flops, thongs. That would confuse us too!
Enjoy your spring break!!
Laura
Mrs. Castro's Class 2nd Grade...Spanglish Style

Beverly said...

Flip Flops are a definite "No No" at our school. I mean the cheap rubber ones. We must always look professional which is another discussion in itself!! I love your blog!

Mrs. M said...

Sent you an award on my blog. =) I was not sure if you had this one already but I think your blog is great!
Bobbie

http://thedailycupcake-akindergartenblog.blogspot.com/

Courtney Long said...

I have given you an award. Come by my blog and check it out! :)

-Courtney
2ndgradesnapshots.blogspot.com

luckeyfrog said...

Thanks for your sweet comment! I've read your blog for a long time, but somehow didn't show up as a follower. Hopefully, it works now! I love the emotion and passion you bring to teaching and blogging!

Christy said...

Thanks Heather for visiting my blog! I became a follower of your blog and can't wait to connect my teachers to it. Thanks again for sharing!
Christy Waters
AMSTI Kindergarten Style

Teacherfish said...

Heather- Thanks for stopping by my blog. I printed out your poem: "Teach me" and it is hanging behind my desk. And I teach High School! (still relevant!)
And I gave a copy to our speech therapist.
Thanks for the inspiration

Co-Kindering said...

I love your blog! Thank you for finding my new blog and introducing me to yours - it is awesome! You have incredible ideas and great shoes!

Mrs.Cook said...

Heather,

Thank you for sharing! I loved the discussion on clothes which they totally should teach a class on in school and get an actual "standard" from a group of administrators. We have a standards for everything else right? I love shoes too and I hate to have to think about leaving my pretty shoes at home since we spend so much time in the classroom!

Ashley

http://firstgradesmartcookies.blogspot.com

Melissa Wade said...

OMG this cracks me up! Only 3 of them are flip-flops. My Principal says "between the toe is a no!" I cant even wear the flip flops with a strap on the back (which the strap actually prohibits it from flip-flopping in essence no longer being a flip flop shoe :) So excited to link up to your blog.

Apple for the Teacher said...

hahahahahahah
this made me laugh so much about the feet.
Thanks for the laugh today :)

Maggie at MKC! said...

What a gift you have for humor! I enjoyed the foot post too :) As flip-flops get more popular and more decorative, the line between what is acceptable and what is not is getting quite blurry. Our school is not strict with the dress code, so jeans and flip flops are worn on recess duty days or Fridays. Thank you for visiting my blog! Feel free to add my blog to your blog roll, and I'll do the same with your blog button. Enjoyed reading your entries!
Maggie
http://maggieskindercorner.blogspot.com

Tara said...

Yay!!! I am in love with your blog and your cute style! But I must say I am totally jealous if you can wear flip flops to school... I teach in Georgia and it is sooooooo hot here and we are not allowed to wear flip flops or any sort of capri... Yikes... it is a killer most days, that is why I wear skirts... too hot for pants! Thanks for finding me on the linky party! Looking forward to using your goodies!!!

MUAHHHH!
Tara

harpleysuperstars.blogspot.com

Ms. Male said...

I am in Southern California so you would think that flip flops would actually be part of a uniform but noooo. We fall under the same flip flop laws you do. Obviously I have found loop holes that allow my piggies to breathe just as you have. Thanks for finding me by the way... I have a feeling we will be great bloggy friends! :)

A Day in the Life of a classroom Teacher

Cindy said...

Love the part about functioning in the brain stem. It's one of the most helpful things I've ever learned about kids...people, really. Brain stem = reptilian brain = lizard brain. Lizards don't think about other lizards' feelings. ;)

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Cindy