A classroom is a bubbling, constantly moving place. I love it. Sometimes the noise gets to me and turns me into a bit of a crazy person, but generally I love the hum of students working and learning.
In my room, students know that when it comes to work time, we work hard. And if you are stuck, you have a few choices:
- Talk to the person next to you (work talk only please…no visiting)
- Do the parts you can and then come back to what you are stuck on
- Come to the guided reading table for help (a c-shaped table that allows me to sit in the middle and be able to access 5-6 students around me easily)
My students move fluidly through these choices and we get lots of work done.
I also hear lots of funny things at the guided reading table…
The other day, as we were working on math, I had a group of girls around my guided reading table with me.
We were talking about 2 digit adding and I was reminding students that if we have more than 2 numbers to add, we don’t have to be scared…it’s exactly the same process no matter how many numbers we are adding together.
One little girl was lamenting about how scared she was about this adding business.
Another little girl piped up “I’m not scared of these numbers…I’m not scared of anything!”
“That’s great!” I said
We continued to work a little more in silence
“Except for my closet…at night” she added.
I couldn’t even hold it in. I laughed out loud.
She look at me and adamantly said, “Well it is scary at night..”
I love the kids I work with.
I also love a good crockpot recipe…especially a dump-and-cook one. So when I found this recipe for honey garlic chicken thighs, I couldn’t resist.
This could not have been simpler.
I placed the chicken thighs in the bottom of the crockpot. (Note- I doubled the amount of chicken thighs from the original recipe, and opted for boneless skinless ones because they were on sale)
In a small bowl I mixed
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
I poured it all over the chicken and cooked if for 8 hours on low. Warning- if your crockpot has hot spots (like I found out mine does) the sauce can burn a bit…I wouldn’t cook it longer than 8 hours…6-7 probably would be even better, and if you have a way to turn your crockpot off when done (I used to be able to use a light timer with my old crockpot) that would be a great choice to keep your sauce from burning.
I served this with rice and stir fry veggies.
The Verdict- Even with a hot spot in my crockpot causing the sauce to burn a bit, which in turn caused an I-can’t-believe-I-might-have-to-throw-out-dinner mini meltdown in the kitchen after work, this was STILL delicious. I will be sure to cook it less next time…but all in all this was a success, and could not have been easier!