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A Little Help Here… August 29, 2010

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I made it…the first week of school has come and gone! I recovered from my first day jitters and it’s going to be a great year. It’s funny because college can only teach you about child psychology and theory. You can observe 100 teachers and practice during student teaching but until you are there with 20 pairs of eyes staring back, you are a teacher.  Over the years, I’ve learned that just when you’ve seen everything…something new happens.

This week was filled with rules, procedures, and practice. We had just come inside from recess and the students were using the restroom area. My teaching partner and I were waiting in the hallway when we heard noise from the girls’ restroom.

“Help!” a soft voice called out. Another voice responded and then the soft voice got louder, “Kim, help!” The other teacher and I exchanged a look and went in to investigate.

At this point, Kim was in a panic, “Jenna is stuck in the stall.”

As the other teacher worked on the door, I tried to corral the onlookers out of the restroom. It wasn’t until I saw the door wasn’t going to open, I began to laugh. You know, the nervous kind that is inappropriate. You just needed to see this little girl’s face while the other teacher is pulling at the stall door. Neither I nor the other teacher wanted her to crawl under because honestly, I wouldn’t want my dog crawling on the floor of a public restroom.

So, I began to help pull at the door {still laughing). Meanwhile, the girl was worried that we would break the door. Seriously? I decided to matter-of-factly point out, “Do you want us to break the door so you could get out or do you want to stay in there?”

“True,” She answered with a smile. At least she was being a good sport about this situation (and the fact that I was still laughing).

Again the other teacher and I pulled. The door came forward just enough for Jenna to squeeze through. I apathetically apologized over and over again because I couldn’t stop laughing. She was in good spirits because she had escaped the restroom stall.

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This story also makes me think of 3 years ago when a 2nd grader was calling for help at recess. It was a rare event that 3rd grade and 2nd grade’s recesses overlapped. I’m thinking it must have been an early dismissal day. Anyway, I digress. My teaching partner and I were watching the playground area when we heard, “Help! A little help here!”

We turned around to find that he had tied himself to the pole with his sweatshirt and he couldn’t get free. His class was going in and he couldn’t untie his sweatshirt. Luckily, he was able to slide the sweatshirt down, step over it, and then we untied him.

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If only parents knew the times where teachers go above and beyond to not only educate their children but to keep them safe as well.

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NOTE: All names have been changed to protect the innocent and the not so innocent.