Another Moment From Room 46

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Am I Hot? (as 1st published on facebook) July 9, 2010

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As I continue to record my “day in the life” moments, I still ponder whether other people really find this information interesting. Since co-workers think my book will be a best-seller, I’ve decided to try out some of my material on facebook. Thus, the birth of “Another Moment From Room 46”.

I told my husband this story and he looked at me…just looked at me. Is it just me, my profession, or does he really just don’t get it?

It’s a Monday. Enough said. I’m teaching third graders the writing process on a warm afternoon. One boy…we’ll call him Joe. Yeah, that’s it Joe. Anyway, Joe needs help with his writing. I mean REALLY needs help with his writing. It’s a persuasive piece and I cannot decipher if he’s persuading me to move West with other pioneers or stay in the East in an established city.

After a lengthy discussion about his writing and a 2nd rough draft, he comes to the table so I can edit. Meanwhile, I asked Joe to go over to the bookshelves and get a dictionary. When he returns, Joe sits across from me with his dictionary and opens it wide.

Anticipating Joe to locate the word, I watched. It was then that Joe stopped abruptly and asked, “Am I hot?”

I’m sure I had a strange look across my face. As I cocked my head and searched for an explanation, I blurted out, “What?”

Joe looked equally confused and so did the child behind him that was now watching my face with intensity. Luckily, Joe explained, “You know like hot or cold. Am I close to the word?”

I just burst out laughing and breathed a sigh of relief. Joe looked at me and replied, “Boy this is awkward. I am now embarrassed, but at the same time I find this awkwardly amusing.”

Of course since this just came out of a 3rd grader, it caused me to laugh harder. One of my favorite parts is that the whole class is laughing just because we were. Luckily it was the end of the day because I’m sure productivity was not going to recover.

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This is Awkward! May 11, 2010

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Computers…ARGH! Sometimes they can be so frustrating! Last week, my teaching partner had something wrong with one of her classroom computers. She asked me if I could watch her class while she tracked down Mr. I-T (not “it” people, I.T. like the guy who fixes computers).

SURE! I agreed as she walked out of the room. I walked over to the computer and was checking computer cords.  Growing up with an I-T father, you tend to look for obvious problems first.

For Example:

1. Is your computer plugged in?

2. Is your computer on?

3. Yes? Well, how about the monitor?

As I checked the computer, I scanned the room. After all, I was suppose to be watching the students.  They were dilegently completing their assignments so I decided to climb up onto the table. I gently slid the keyboard out of the way and rested both of my knees on the table. STOP…another scan of the room. Perfect, they were still working.

I then lowered the monitor so I could easily bend over the computer to see the back. Don’t you know my teaching partner walks back in the room and there I am on all fours bent over her computer. All I could do is look up and smile. Better yet, Mr. I-T came in after her and he looked horrified. Unfortunately, this caused a commotion when all the students turned around to find me on the computer table.

That was followed by Mr. I-T asking what I was doing. I thought it was obvious but I answered, “I was helping!” That’s when D.J. called out, “WOW! You’re in an awkward position!”Amid the roars of laughter, I climbed down and weakly smiled as Mr. I-T went to work on the computer. That’s right, on the computer without getting on the table. Don’t you know he fixed it. I’m sure that there was something I did to help in his success. Right?

*NOTE: All stories are true BUT all names are fake to protect the innocent (or not so innocent).