(...I'm not so sure how I'm feeling about this Grey's Anatomy musical event so I figure this is a good time to make my list...)
-You own silver glitter TOMS and a highlighter pink J. Crew shirt and think: "Man, if I were five, I'd want to be in my class too!"
-You search through your bag for a pen...and instead of finding a normal blue ballpoint find at least one of the following: a dry-erase marker, a tricolor "Hold Right" pencil, a Mr. Sketch marker (or in my case an entire box...), a silly band, and a snap cube.
-You willingly sing loud and proud in front of your students despite how tone deaf you are.
-Freeze Dance Friday means 3 minutes of jumping around the classroom to Greg & Steve's "The Freeze." Kindergarten dancing=jumping up and down. Try it. It's the best dancing ever.
-Nearly every day begins with, "Miss ________, I love your hair/shoes/jacket/earrings/face/etc." followed by 10 hands shooting up in the air from students who want to compliment you as well. I usually respond with, "Boys and girls, we could do this all day--I love your compliments, but we have a lot of learning to do so we are going to have to stop soon...". :)
-You've heard the following joke, or a variation of the following joke, every day for the past 4 weeks:
Tree and shoe=substituted for any and all items within students' view
-You've watched a Leap Frog DVD to help you fall asleep since it was still in your laptop from rainy day recess, and you were too tired to get up to find a different movie to watch.
-At least once a day you have a moment where you just start laughing with your students, because silly stuff just HAPPENS, and every classroom needs laughter.
-You see "love" blossoming in the form of students sitting next to each other in the classroom library...and the kids are sharing a book and also holding hands. Love of reading? Check. Kinder crushes? Check. New carpet seats the next day? Check.
-You LOVE your job.