When you work with children, St. Patrick's Day takes on a whole new meaning. You are likely to get pinched if your green is not readily visible. Or if your shade of green is not green enough (apparently, to the 6-year-old eye, my turquoise shirt looked more blue than green today). This then prompted a discussion that it is not okay to pinch anyone, no matter what day it is on the calendar.
And now the big thing is for "leprechauns" to come make a mess and cause mischief. I've known a few teachers in the past who have messed up their classroom and left clues pointing to a leprechaun culprit, put it was mentioned all over the place today. Can anyone say "Elf on the Shelf"? I can't stand that particular tradition and frankly can't see how it serves any purpose. I mean, for a month the parents have to remember to move it around and stage messes for the children to be amused by each morning. And the point is that the elf will report back to Santa about he kids' behavior? This makes no sense to me.
But, I digress. Today one of my little girls starts in with, "Mrs. Carr, I have an idea. Let's lay a trap for the leprechaun." I nipped that in the bud with, "Nope. That's not something that we need to do here in first grade." Perhaps ten or fifteen years ago before the high-stakes testing and ongoing criticism of how we are spending our teaching days, making sure that everything has an educational purpose, but not today. We still have fun, but it's a different kind of fun. At least, I hope so.