Meet Tom!

22 Mar

Peeping Tom

Meet Tom — Peeping Tom. Tom is a raven who visits my classroom everyday. He walks on a roof and looks in the window to the classroom. He kronks up there loudly. Walking back and forth in front of my window, kroking. The window is up high in my classroom which is why it’s hard for us to see Tom well.

Peeping Tom

Tom is looking at me here with particular intent because he knows that I totally beat him this time. I have been trying for weeks to get a picture of Tom to share with you all. Even though I’m in the classroom on the other side of the room, he is gone the minute I pull out my camera. Rotten bird! 🙂 But I got him this time and he knows it.

Peeping Tom

Can’t you just hear him thinking, “Drat that woman and her camera!” Tom shows up during Math almost everyday. The kids totally lose focus and point and talk about him (They call him “Peanut Butter” which is just silly — his name is clearly Tom! Sigh!). Their easy slip into distraction is completely my fault — I shared my enthusiasm for Ravens with them and they found that more compelling than my enthusiasm for adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions. I had to tell them that if Tom is too big a distraction that the blinds will have to close during math. It is pretty cool to watch them see him up there, want to point and shout out about it, struggle to stay calm and at least partially focused on their work while still sneaking peeks up to Tom. They are such great kids!

These ravens at school are wonderful. I do worry a little bit though — they are so smart and Tom is watching through the window during Math — what if he’s picking up how to add and subtract like and unlike fractions? Are we really ready for a population of educated Ravens? The mind boggles.

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And, while you are recovering from boggled mind, head on over to I and the Bird #71 – The Quotable I and the Bird. Clare of The House and other Arctic Musings did a fantastic job. Lots of good weekend reading — enjoy!

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6 Responses to “Meet Tom!”

  1. jayne 22 March, 2008 at 5:32 am #

    Well now, he’s already intelligent enough to know that he needed to peer into YOUR window (full well knowing you’d love him) so if he learns math…. we’re all in trouble. ;c)

  2. robin andrea 22 March, 2008 at 6:11 am #

    What a smart raven. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

  3. mon@rch 22 March, 2008 at 3:23 pm #

    These are such smart birds to be attending math class! Next thing you know they will be going to university and getting their PhD! You can call them Dr. Tom is visiting the classroom!

  4. Mary 22 March, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    The photos of the peeping Tom made me laugh. It must be impossible for your students to concentrate with that one-eyed stare… LOL!

  5. amarkonmywall 22 March, 2008 at 6:05 pm #

    They’re already one step ahead of us. I LOVE the idea that he is “kronking” outside your classroom every day- and that you finally snapped these photos of him! Happy Easter, LizaLee!

  6. Laura 2 April, 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    Funny – watch out for ravens who do math!

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