During parent teacher conference week our library is transformed into a book fair. Lucky (or unlucky) for me the library is next door to my classroom. This year the kids have been extremely respectful of my rules: ask first, go during snack or morning work time, and be fast about it. Of course the biggest hits of the book fair aren’t the books but the extra stuff…the pens, the toys, the pointers, etc.
Today I’m busy taking attendance and making sure the lunch count goes down when I hear a group of kids laughing and and pointing a magic pen at a students face.
I go over for closer inspection.
“Look what G did! He got a magic pen this morning,” I hear L say.
“How does it look?” Q asks.
I then realize what happened and laugh. G has drawn a goatee on Q’s face.
“Why did you do that?” I ask.
“I didn’t,” replies Q. “G did!”
“But you let him. You know that writing utensils are used for paper in this classroom.”
“He must have wanted to look like an old man,” S shouts from across the room.
We all laugh and start our day!