Line of Sight


Today I walked the class to the river, leapt on to the picnic table and pontificated with huge, wild gestures about the urgent importance of using the proper pronouns and subject-verb combinations, while the kids huddled around, gazing up as if I were Moses on the mountain. They filmed me with their smart-phones, inspiring me to act even larger, more ridiculous and outrageous: whispering love poetry to the moon and challenging the sun to a death-duel–and the children screamed their joy for grammar…But then I saw the two squirrels on the branch behind my head, fighting over a walnut.

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14 thoughts on “Line of Sight

  1. Bahahaha! Love it! I used to get dressed up in character and teach. One year, I was Queen Hetsepshut from Egypt. The kids NEVER forgot it!

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  2. I’m laughing at this, remembering a time when teaching that I did the whole “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan” “I am woman” thing, much to my students’ amusement and enjoyment. I like the way you showed the teacher being brought back to reality by the squirrels, although maybe it was seeing another nut. 🙂

    janet

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  3. I’m guessing it’s the squirrels they’re more interested in, and filming on their phones? It’s all too easy to get carried away with our own success. A nice moral to this story without being preachy.
    Claire

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  4. That was too funny. It reminds me of times when people I hardly know smile and wave enthusiastically in my direction. When turning around, more often than not, there’s someone else smiling back. Poor teacher.

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  5. You tell it like it is!
    Ever been in a classroom when it’s started snowing outside? Or a stray dog gets into the playground – that’s a classic. But squirrels will do too. Just don’t get in the way of the stampede to the window.

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