- It's testing week.
- You're being evaluated so you need to tidy up your classroom 'cuz your
Mother-in-lawPrincipal is coming.
- You've got two blubbering kiddos on their way to the office for smacking each other at recess and punctuating it with colorful language and you know all this because all 5,427 of your
Code of Conduct Enforcersstudents are still giving you the play by play details.
- As you're trying to evacuate your classroom because you just had to send another kiddo to the nurse carrying a trash can and allow your Custodian/KeyMaster pour the Magic Fairy Dust on that child's abode you hear your cell-phone ring in the closet.
- It's the familiar tone you have reserved for your own children's school.
- Of course you can't get to the phone right then but then you hear your classroom phone ring."Hellooooo???" you say in your sweetest, I got it all together voice,and your school secretary tells you to hold because your child's school is on the other line.
- When she comes on you hear your child's school secretary giggle.
- She tells you that your child is fine and in the office.
- She tells you that your kidlet is alright, but she will not let them put a band-aid on a scrape that she has obsessively picked open and is now bleeding everywhere, and if she doesn't get it covered up you'll have to go get her.
- They give her the phone and she sounds like she needs a trip to the emergency room. You ask her what the big problem is and through snot filled tears (hers not yours) you make out the words, "I don't want them to put it on 'cuz it will huuuurrt when I have to pull it ooooooooooff! Waaaaaaah!!!"
- You stifle a laugh and instinctively switch to Mom mode.
yellsay in your sweetest voice,"Listen, if you don't let them put a band-aid on it I'm gonna go over there and sit on you and put it on myself, so knock it off, suck up those tears and let them put it on, you hear me!!!"
- The school secretary comes back on and asks,"What'd you say to her? She held up her arm,let us put it on and now she's all smiles and on her way to class!"
- You both laugh because she heard you. You thank her, hang up and breathe.
- By this time you notice that your students are silent.
- You turn and they're all staring at you, eyes wide open.
- Then one brave soul pipes up and asks, " What happened Teacher?"
- You tell them and they all show their sympathy.
- Then they proceed to tell you their band-aid pulling off horror stories and during all this one little darling says,"I knew you were talking to your daughter 'cuz you sounded just like my mom when I'm in trouble!"
It's okay to let your students see that Momma side of you. It makes it more real when they see that you have the same expectations from your own kiddos. It's okay to lose it sometimes. And too...that Momma voice and look works wonders!
So, whattaya waiting for? Go perfect them and let 'em have it!
P.S. Teacher-Dads you too!
P.S. Teacher-Dads you too!