Thursday, October 20, 2011


Yesterday during lunch I taught two students how to play the game MASH. In case you're not familiar with it, it's a game that will predict your future. There are categories on who you'll marry, how many kids you'll have, what your job will be and so on.

Today during the first recess, almost everyone was playing. One boy asked me if I found the game on the internet. Everyone was shocked when they found out that when I was growing up there was no internet. There was an audible gasp when they realized I didn't have Facebook as a child either.

Anyway, one girl wanted to predict my future and I figured I'd share it will all of you.

Luckily for me, I will marry Chris Martin (it was between him and Justin Beiber). We're going to live in a mansion in Germany and have 15 kids. I will be a chef and we'll have a pet pig. Not too shabby.

Someone better let Gywneth Paltrow know.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I'll Be Back

Every week I give my students ten spelling words and for homework they need to use each one in a sentence.

This week many of the words came from the new unit we began on fractions.

Here is what one student wrote:

"Numerator rhymes with Terminator."

I gave her a big check mark and a smiley face for that one.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Teacher's Day

Today is Teacher's Day. In my opinion it's better than Christmas. This morning when I arrived to school my kids were basically throwing presents at me (not literally...that wouldn't be nice). My favorite things to receive are home made cards. I know, it's super cheesy. But my kids write the cutest things!

Example number one:

For this one to make sense you need to know that today students leave early and the school takes all the teachers out to lunch. We're going to a Brazilian restaurant called 'Acuarela'.

"Hello Miss Maggie, I am Carlos, have a very nice day in the restaurant "Acuarela". I recommend you to eat the fish."

Example number two:

"Because you are the best teacher in the world I would write you a poem.

For the best teacher,
Is this poem,
Because I can not,
Give you roses.

You're special,
You're the best,
You're the best teacher
And you give us tests."

I mean come students are ADORABLE!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Post about Ducks

Today a student shared a piece of information with me that I felt compelled to pass along to my loyal readers.

"Miss Maggie, did you know that the penis of an Argentine Duck is half the length of its body?"

I responded with something like "Oh, cool" before fully processing what he had told me. (It was before 8am...I was half asleep.)

That's just his foot.
He told me he found the information on Wikipedia. Prior to writing this post I too read about the unique characteristics of the Argentine Duck's penis online. You know, for scientific purposes.  And now I'm sorry to say I know more about the genitalia of ducks than I ever really wanted to know.

Turns out not only is the penis half the length of the bird, it's also in the shape of a corkscrew.

Now you'll have something to talk about around the water cooler tomorrow at work. 

You're welcome.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


This past week we celebrated our school's anniversary. The main celebration consisted of an Alianza, or color war between the students. Apparently this is quite common in Chile. Everyone I asked told me their schools have color wars every year too.

The school was divided into four teams based on the seasons. Primavera was green, verano was blue, otoño was red and invierno was white. Each class was assigned to a team and students and the teachers came to school dressed in their team's color.

When I found out what the colors were, my first thought was that I didn't want to be on the red team because I don't own red clothing. But seeing how the world doesn't revolve around me (shocking, I know), my class was assigned to the red team.

So for three days my students watched and participated in different events. At the start of each day students would line up in front of my desk so I could draw and write on their faces with a face paint stick. (Turns out it's difficult to remove, even with water and soap. Oops.)

Some of the activities included dancing, music, sports, and my least favorite, eating contests. The last day we watched as four older students tried to eat a combination of incredibly disgusting things. All I know is one of the ingredients was chicken hearts. Seriously? Who thought that would be a good idea? The students were given a glass of coffee, soda and cream to wash it all down with. Let me tell you, it was not fun to watch.

On the second day of the Alianza students in the middle school went to a nearby stadium to participate in a variety of sporting events. By far the two most popular choices were soccer and quemada, the latter being the Spanish equivalent of dodgeball.

As the students played, I was recruited to play on the teachers vs. students game of quemada. They obviously didn't get the memo about my lack of athletic ability. Even so, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to make a fool of myself play. Unfortunately we ran out of time and had to return to the school before we could play. I guess there's always next year.

The winners of the Alianza will be announced on Tuesday when we return to school. (Monday's a holiday!)

I took almost 100 pictures during the three day celebration. However, I left the cable for camera at school  so you'll just have to use your imagination until I am able to post the photos.

Just pretend you're looking at a bunch of happy faces of my 11-year olds wearing red clothes and red face paint.