8.30.2006

Everybody's a Comedian

Today during my last class, the kids were all working hard on their vocabulary and I was watching them work hard on their vocabulary, when all of a sudden:

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE THAT KIND OF ATTITUDE DON'T SAY A WORD I DON'T WANT TO
HEAR IT GET OUT OF MY ROOM NOW


And we all did that thing where you just kind of sit bolt upright and pray you're not the one in trouble. My kids looked at me, their eyes as big as saucers, and I looked back at them, my own eyes as big as grapefruits. None of us said anything; we listened to the entire diatribe in silence. When it ended, we all--at the same time--let out our breath and sank back into our chairs.

I don't discuss other teachers with my kids, and I don't want them to tell me anything about their teachers either. I am not interested in their opinions, but sometimes they don't give me a chance to say so.

So, without saying anything, my kids got back to work and I got back to watching. Pretty soon, though, one of my boys couldn't contain himself any longer.

"Ms. Flower," he said--he could barely get the words out, he was laughing so hard, "somebody just told [the teacher] that Dungeons & Dragons isn't real."

And that was the end of the work day in Ms. Flower's class.

2 comments:

Lady S said...

The kinds of things you hear in school.

Mei said...

I know. And it always happens just when I start to think my kids have gone braindead ...

 

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