She's On To You, New Teacher
I took my 5th grader to a Meet and Greet with her new teacher this evening. She seems very nice. I liked her bearing. Lady E was charming and sweet. Then, when I mentioned to the teacher that the 5th graders are a great group of kids, Lady E said: "Well…we're a little goofy. Or a lot goofy."
Ms. New Teacher said: "Goofy is good! I like goofy."
Later, at home, I asked Lady E if she liked Ms. New Teacher. She said sure. I remarked that I liked what her teacher said about being goofy.
Lady E cut to the chase: "They all say that at the beginning of the year. At first, it's all 'Oh! Goofy is great!' and then by half way through it's all: 'STOP BEING GOOFY!' She's just trying to sweet talk us and pull the wool over our eyes."
Teachers beware: Mixed metaphors aside, this is one nine year old you will not be able to fool or trick or otherwise befuddle. She's a sharp little thing who won't let you get away with much.
In other words, Ms. New Teacher, she's exactly the kind of student you want in your classroom: lucky you!
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