My students had a very huge amount of work to get done in a very short time. Because of this they were writing furiously and quietly for almost 40 minutes. They were all hunched over their desks making no noise save pencil scratching and an occassional sniffle. I decided they needed a break (or I was just bored myself by the silence and inactivity).
I walked into the middle of the room and suggested that everybody put their pencils down and stand up. Then I told them to shake their hands — and demonstrated. Next I told them to wiggle their rears — and demonstrated. I ordered them to stretch — and demonstrated. Then I told them to kick their legs high. I demonstrated that, too. And as I demonstrated I felt a pretty solid “thump” right on the seat of my pants. The room was immediately silent.
I slowly turned to look at the half-dozen kids behind me. All six of them were staring wide-eyed. One of them had her hands pressed to her glowing red face. I looked right at her. “Nessa, who kicked me?” I asked. She giggled behind her hands and backed away from me. “It was you, wasn’t it?” I prompted. She tried valiantly to say, “Yes, Miss,” and “I’m sorry,” while clutching her stomach and laughing, so it didn’t come out sounding terribly sincere.
“Hmmm,” I said, “This might require a citation home. In a stern “announcerish” voice I said, Dear Mr. & Mrs. Nessa’s parents, your daughter kicked me in the rear today.” At this point the whole class — including me — lost it. We roared laughing.
As we settled down and were gasping for breath the communicating door between my room and the next-door teacher’s opened. He stuck his head in the classroom and, in his cute Texas drawl, said, “Hey, ya’ll better settle down over here or I’ll have to wup some butt…”
Of course we fell out laughing again. Poor Mr. Texas waved his hands on the air and said, “Ya’ll are nuts!” It was another 5 minutes before we could manage to get back on task.
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