Here we go again, with a two-for-one post…
My teacher was Kimberly Williams. The year was 1988 – 89. I spent most of my time playing Nintendo NES and Sega Genesis. The Movie “Batman” had come out, and I had a spiffy black plastic piggy-bank in the shape of Batman’s bust.
Everyone and their brother was singing “La Bamba”. You could not escape that damned song.
I’m looking at movies from that year, because I remember my mother coming to the class room (she was a lunch lady at my school) and dismissing me about 20 minutes early to take me to the theater, and I could have, and would have sworn we went to see Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, but apparently that didn’t come out until 1990… So it must have been something else.
Looking at the movies that were out, I’m thinking it must have been “Who Framed Roger Rabit”. I’m fairly sure I saw that in the theaters… But it could also have been “Willow”. I DID see Die Hard in the theaters, I went with my brother and his at-the-time girlfriend.
Although we had our own desks, they were arranged in groups. For some reason, our teacher had us all name ourselves after some kind of aspect of construction. My group was “The Welders”. I also remember she’d named another group “The Weldlers”. I have to wonder if she thought there was a process called Weldling… I dunno.
Anyway, we were managed by our group names for things like being called to line-up. One day I was sneaking my snack when I thought she wasn’t looking. They were Vienna finger cookies, and they were in a little plastic baggie. We were selected last to line up, and she said “You guys can go now, and you were last because Matthew thought I couldn’t see him eating.”
Third grade was the first, and last class I remember having a “show and tell” time. I THINK it happened weekly, but I only remember one. I’d brought in my StarCom ship. What an awesome toy StarCom was! Little plastic guys about three inches tall, with magnetic feet, and awesome star ships! I was bummed when they stopped making them. As awesome as they were, it seems like nobody liked them. Almost everyone I talk to about them has no idea what they were.
One of the most vivid memories was that our teacher made us give her a hug on the way out the door on Friday afternoons. I THINK she might have gotten spoken to about it, cause it only happened once or twice, and then it became optional. I gave her hugs anyway, cause that’s just the kinda kid I was.
I also learned that year, just how hot it was standing in front of a six foot fixed window. We’d line up outside the class room, and the wall was floor to cieling windows. This was the first time I’d ever seen the shadow of heat waves. I was blown away.
I’d mentioned a post or two ago that I didn’t learn the difference between verbs and nouns and such until third grade. Every Friday, our teacher would bust out “Mad Libs“. What a great way to learn the parts of speach! I can’t wait for my daughter to get to the age where I can play with those with her.
Man, what a boring post this is turning out to be… I get a picture of you all sitting there falling asleep while reading it… Hell, I’m so bored by it, I don’t even want to finish it. I can’t think of a single interesting thing that happened in either third or fourth grade!
You know what… Lemme finish with third grade here…
I remember being bored a lot in fourth grade. That’s about it.
Man what a lame post…