Gross out and new standards

So, I have a story for you today....

I'm not sure if you'll like it.

It is kind of along the lines of...well...poo.



I was walking down the hall with my fellow 2nd grade teachers, and they start nonchalantly talking about the poo on the floor.




There was POO on the bathroom floor!!

One of their girls pooed on the floor in the bathroom!!!


WHY in ALL of creation, would a 2nd grader POO on the floor??

I'm a bonafide, self-acclaimed germ-o-phobe.  I don't know if I could have handled that if that was in OUR bathroom.

Do you know how they found out?? One of them (the teachers) went to go use the kids' bathroom.


No WAY would I EVER use the kids' bathroom.

Do you guys use the kids' bathroom???

Ok, now onto my real post for the

Sorry about that.


next year, our state (FL) is FINALLY getting on the bandwagon and adopting the common core standards for next year.

(would you believe that when I googled an image for common core standards - Deanna Jump's pack/blog post popped up in the third - gosh- darn row! ha! Now THAT is some popularity!!)

Can I tell you how excited I am??

But this is just ONE year after they have revamped our state's standards (I'm so glad I bothered to learn the new standards - grr).

I think this is a BRILLLIANT move on the state's part. Especially since we have so many kids moving in and out of state all the time - and many other reasons that I won't get into for reasons of my conscience (or is it conscious??).

Anyway, I'm not even going to pretend to know anything about the CCS, so I'm on the hunt for some 2nd grade CCS objective packs....I know there are a few out there - but I'm all excited to start getting ready!

Can you believe that I'm already planning which units I want to teach in which months next year??? I'm sick, I know. lol

But I have SOOOOO much I want to teach and only 29 more days to do it in - I'm kind of bummed actually.  I know, I'm sick. lol

But all the same, I can't WAIT for summer - that means beach day every day!!

Can I tell you what Autumn said?? hehe

She woke up this morning and these were her words:

"Good morning Mommy, go to the beach today???"

HA!!! I do believe THAT is my child!!

Happy Friday y'all!


Nancy said...

Wish I could go to the beach everyday! But I am still looking forward to summer!!

Kelley Cirrito said...

I think I can beat your story...there was poo on the floor going up the stairs! I think someone had a lil accident and got it on their shoes! GROSS! I just sat through a Common Core training yesterday! I am very excited for the all the great changes that are happening in education. Now we just need to figure out how we can all get paid more! hehe! Happy Friday Jen!

Kristen said...

oh boy, I can handle blood and vomit and all that lovely stuff but NOT NOT NOT the other!!!

I LOVE that your girl said that--how funny. And sensible!! Happy weekend Jen!

Michelle Tsivgadellis said...

You are too cute!! I wish I still lived close to the beach)-; We adopted the CCS last year (well, in parts) and it was very nice. This year, well, it really didn't matter either way...hehehe

If the child was in 1st or above, it is very sad to say that children who do this are often in a situation at home that they are stressed about and have no control over it (divorce, family feud's, extended family get it), they have a real problem with bowels, or they are being abused. I hope that child is not being abused.

Even though the idea of that happening is grosser than gross, it is so important not to shame the child, but to try spending some time talking to understand what was going on. It could be even as simple as the child was doing something that they liked in class and they didn't want to have to take the time to use the restroom and chose to wait too long. Most times, it is not that simple...sigh...

I hope that little girl or boy gets some time to talk and gets some love (-;

I am very good at reading behavior and recognizing problems. It is actually a gift that I am not so thankful for - because I tend to connect to these kids like they were my own. I have had a few who had gone through some horrific things and no one had known.

One of my 7th grade students was getting into a lot of trouble and was caught stealing food. In my mind, the first thing I would think of would be to ask the child if they had food at home...yes??? Or am I the only one?? He was suspended from school!! I understand that stealing is very wrong, but he was caught stealing food from the cafeteria, not another student and not even junk food. It was a peanut butter and jelly me...that is a red flag!

I spoke to him that day. He had been given a ton of lectures and his mother was mortified on the phone. The student broke down and told me that him and his mom were homeless and that they were living in a friends garage. I almost broke down in tears!!! This boy was always good in my class and was so excited to learn even though he struggled in reading - I never thought for even a second that he would ever get himself into trouble. He had been given after school detention the week before for not paying attention in class and withdrew from his friends quite a bit.

I couldn't understand why no one noticed anything all this time...I felt so bad for not recognizing the problem earlier! We got the boy and his mom some help, but my point is that kids often act out in very strange ways when they are under a tremendous amount of stress over something they can't control...

I know...I am a softy!! Although, I would have not been able to clean up the poo for sure..hehe I also can't stand vomit - the sound, the smell or even peeking at it...puts me in gag mode!! Gross...hahaha

Hope I didn't bum you out...LOL!

Michelle The 3AM Teacher

Lori Rosenberg said...

Poo on the bathroom floor? That's nothing. At least it was close to where it should be. I was walking my class back from lunch a few weeks ago and there was a huge one on the floor right outside my classroom. The children and I all saw it at the same time. I refused to believe it was poo and got close enough to rule out a Baby Ruth Bar. Think Caddyshack! Sadly, it was not a Baby Ruth Bar!

Lori (
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Owls and Lessons, Etc. said...

We have poo issues at my school also. Beyond nasty...I'll say from some anti-gravity defying force, poo has been smeared on the walls of the stalls. Dis-gust-ing! So, NO, I do not use the kids' bathrooms. I will gladly hold it or walk the extra 100 yards to the adult bathroom, which usually has been blown up (yes, I said blown up...and then sprayed so that you literally choke when you walk in). I have a total public bathroom phobia. It was only after I had my daughter and the wonderful toll that pregnancy and delivery take on your body did I have to force myself to start using public bathrooms. Hehe :) Ahhh...the joys of teaching little children :) Happy Friday, friend!

Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

luckeyfrog said...

2nd Grade Stuff has a checklist, too, in case that would be helpful (and it's free!)

Miss Squirrels said...

As long as I don't have to clean it is HIGH-larious!!!

Going Nutty!

Ms. Chrissy B said...

I'm so envious of your beach. We're landlocked. BIG time. Like, thirteen hours away from a beach. Boo.

And I NEVER use the kid's bathroom. EVER. It doesn't matter how awesome our custodians are; it always smells like pee to me. And now yours smells like poo! LOL!

Buzzing with Ms. B

Kristin said...

GROSS!!! I have used the kids bathroom in the kinder rooms (chit chatting with friends who teach kinder) but only BEFORE the kids have arrived for the day. Other than that, we don't have bathrooms in our classrooms so . . . staff lounge it is!!! :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Jill said...

We don't have bathrooms in our rooms but I definitely wouldn't use it even if we did! The only bathroom on my level is the one in the office, so that is the one I use! :)

Marvelous Multiagers!

Amber @ Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher said...

Thank goodness I don't have a bathroom in my room!

We have had issues with our hall bathrooms. I don't even like walking in there. eww.

We are adopting CCS next year. I have been about trained to death on them. At least it makes me feel like I'm sort of ready!

Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

Journey of a Substitute Teacher (Ms. T) said...


And A is trained well...loves the beach :)

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Emily said...

One of my teammates uses the bathroom in the middle of our pod and it grosses me out!

Courtney Bartlett from Swimming into second has a Common Core packet I got. Laminate and you're set! =) I can't wait till Florida picks these up next year.

Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

Unknown said...

I know it's sick but I'm excited to start planning for next year too!!!! I'll be woking my buns of this summer to create new activities with CCSS alignment!
A is too cute!!!

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