The Ancient Cheerleader

Do you take time to have fun at work?  I’m not talking about with your students.  I’ve no doubt we all do that.   I’m talking about with your co-workers.  Do you take the time to laugh together?  Get to know them?  You spend approximately 8 hours a day at school, 5 days a week. Enjoying your time at school is important.  When I left my old school, I cried and cried.  I thought that I would never find friends as good as the ones I was leaving behind.  But I did.  I moved to a new, wonderful school and met new co-workers who have now become my close friends.  They are there to talk to in the mornings, vent to, support each other, celebrate with.  They were at my wedding and they are there when we just need to hang out. They are no longer considered co-workers but friends. 

A few years ago, one of our teachers found an old, cheerleader bulletin board piece.  
“The ancient cheerleader”——->

Since I was coaching cheerleading at the time, he thought it was only fitting to give the cheerleader to me to keep.  Of course, I thought this thing was ug-ly and didn’t want it, so I snuck it back into his room when he wasn’t looking.  3 years later, we are still passing this ancient cheerleader back and forth among our classes, hiding it so that the other will not find it. We even get our kids in our classes in on it. They help us plot and think of ways to give the cheerleader back.  

 It’s become a game almost as competitive as the winter Olympics.

The rules are simple:

1) You can’t give the cheerleader back in a way you’ve already given her back before. Every time you pass the cheerleader back, it has to be in a new, creative way.
2) If you hide the cheerleader, there must be a picture of the cheerleader with a clue about where she could be hiding in the classroom.
3) You can’t harm the cheerleader. She can be folded, but that is about it. 
4) The teacher who has possession of the cheerleader at the end of the day on the last day of school has to buy the other one lunch.

Well, today I had to hand it to him.  This weekend was my birthday.  Today was a professional development day.  I walked into my classroom to a birthday cake!  My friends had baked me a cake and it was SO sweet!  Until I started to cut into the cake…

(Do you see her arm?!)
Apparently, they baked two pieces of cake, stuck her in the middle, and then iced the cake.  I have to give them credit – this was a new, original, creative way to give back the ancient cheerleader!!

Moral of the story?  It’s okay to have a little bit of silly fun at school. 🙂
I’m off to plot my next scheme to get rid of the ancient cheerleader….do you have any ideas? 😉

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  1. LOVE it!!! So funny! How about your bury her in some jello or some slime? I love the support you have with your coworkers! We all need to be supported! :o)

  2. How fun! I am currently on Fall Break and I have been doing a lot of thinking along those lines with the kids. I don't think our school is fun, we don't have any fun activities, it's just "Let's make every minute count for learning." Not that learning is bad, but we never have any extra fun things. I love this idea for the staff. I'm going to see what I can do to start up something like this!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. Does your bookkeeper pass out checks at the end of the year like ours does? If so, hang on to it all year and have the bookkeeper put it in the envelope with his check on the last day of school! Then he doesn't have time to pass it back!

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