Friday, April 11, 2008

"In the Morning, I'm Makin' Waffles!"

In my first period class today about five senior boys cooked breakfast for all of us. It was awesome! Seriously.

This was the last day of school before Spring Break, so rather than diving into all new material for my students to promptly forget before returning from vacation, I scheduled a Read-a-Thon. This basically means we spend the entire class period basking in the joy that is reading. Students can read whatever they want, as long as they're reading. Magazines, comics, novels, newspapers are all fair game. Anyway, I also told them they could bring snacks, pillows, blankets, etc., because really, if you're going to curl up with a good book, you need to do it right!

Well, a couple of my students asked if they could bring a waffle iron and make waffles. I said yes, provided that they bring enough to share with the entire class, and clean up any mess they made afterwards. In all honesty, I didn't expect them to follow through. They did.

About five minutes before the bell rang, one student showed up with a waffle iron. No batter. But the iron was there. I mentioned just having a waffle iron was going to prove a bit pointless, but he assured me that the rest of the supplies were on their way.

Over the course of the next 10 minutes, more students arrived with the following: a griddle, pancake/waffle batter, butter, maple syrup, two dozen eggs, Sunny D, plates, cups, napkins, forks, and knives.

We had a full on breakfast buffet! Waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and juice. I don't know how much reading actually took place, but it was truly awesome. They orchestrated it beautifully! I was so proud of them. By some miracle, no member of the administration wandered in to ask me what in the heck I was doing. The fire alarm didn't go off. I didn't get fired. It was an all around good time.


  1. Seniors in High School pulled that off? They must have a fabulous teacher! Glad to hear you still have a job.

  2. That sounds amazingly wonderful! I need to use that idea at some point. Enjoy spring break! I am on mine this week as well!

  3. I want to be in your class!

  4. That sounds so exciting! I'm so glad your the awesome teacher that let's there kids do fun stuff every once in a while! I guess you learned early on from great teachers like Mr. Milican!!!! Just Kidding! I'm also really curious about the teenager that your not a super fan of. . . . .do we get to know about that, or is it a secret?

  5. That is awesome!! If I made one Friday food day, my students would MAYBE come in with a half eaten swiss cake roll to share.

  6. That is so fun!!! I bet you are a great teacher and all the kids LOVE YOU!! I hope all is well with you!

  7. No post since April 11? I am missing out on the Trivial Smorgasbord of Insights into your life!
    Please give Chad a big hug for us. We are so proud of him. Have a great week!!!


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