Last week, one of my students brought a finger puppet to class. His name was Darth Paper because he was made of paper and came straight from the dark side. Obviously. Darth Paper made his appearance as the student was hanging up his backpack. He stayed out during announcements, attendance, and CNN Student News. He stayed out as we were getting out our math notebooks.
I went over to the student.
"Darth Paper needs to go away for our math lesson," I whispered.
"Darth Paper wants to learn about fractions," he whispered back.
"You can't write anything down when you're wearing Darth Paper."
"Okay, but you have to tell him." Darth Paper was held up three inches from my nose.
"Darth Paper, you have to go away for our math lesson," I told Darth Paper.
That's when it hit me. I'm insane. As a teacher, running around responsible for student learning all day, you always think you're insane. But when you're talking to a finger puppet named Darth Paper, you no longer think you're insane - you know you are.
Oh well :)
The show goes on, right?
Here's to another week of insanity
with those 5th graders I like so much.