Thursday, August 23, 2007


I assigned lockers to my homeroom yesterday afternoon. Now, at our school, 5th grade is the first year that they GET lockers, so this was Christmas, the 4th of July and Halloween all rolled into one. Seriously, they were just GIDDY.

In middle school, the locker-assignment process takes about 15 minutes. In 5th grade, it was a bit more involved.

"Now, how many of you have never opened a combination lock before?" I asked. Last year, there were a couple in each class.

This year, seventeen of my eighteen hands went up. Oy vey.

To make a long story short, we worked on lockers for an HOUR. I took the locks off each locker (because even after I drew a diagram on the board and thoroughly explained, most of them still couldn't do it) and brought them back into the room, where each student sat down with his or her lock until he/she could successfully open it. You should have seen the look on their faces when they got it, too. You'd think they were curing cancer in Room 234.

"Miss K!!!!! I did it!!!!! Here, watch!!!!!!"

I heard that about 82 times (because each child had to show me many, many times).

I keep forgetting that in 5th grade, I have to take a giant step BACK and show them EV-ER-Y-THING.


Renee said...

LOLOL. That's cute :-) I remember being in 6th grade, getting our first LOCKING lockers... I was terrified of forgetting my combination :-)

Nik said...

That is too cute Miss K! This year is going to be so much fun for you. I hope things are going well for you.

I'll have to mention to Missy that Donovan might wanna practice using his lock before he starts school next week.

Jen said...

If he didn't have lockers last year, then yes, please do! =-)

Anna said...

lockers can be tricky - that's kind of their purpose. I've always been more of a fan of the pretending it's locked and hoping no one steals my stuff. It's worked so far ;)

Jen said...

LOL Anna. Except at our School o' Heathens, the older kids walk down the hallway pulling on every lock to see.

Anna said...

Yeah, that wouldn't really work for my "system" ;)