Thursday, May 8, 2008

Awkward Moments Define My Life: Student Teaching

Just to prove that I'm not the only one with awkward moments...
Picture this: It was the winter of 2000-2001.
I was just beginning my student teaching in Jamestown Ohio.
I was excited.
I was nervous.
I was terrified.
All of these, but mostly terrified!
I arrived at school my first day and the teacher (a young, handsome man) explained my schedule to me--that I would at first observe and take on classes one at a time...
So that first day, I sat in the back of the room and waited for the student's to come in.
My teacher headed to the front of the room 1 st period.
Introduced me.
Collected homework.
Began a very serious discussion on The Great Gatsby and
sat down
kind of
well, actually he sat on the edge of his stool which
loudly
crashed
and smashed him onto the floor.
I don't think I've ever seen a man's face take on quite that shade of red before.
I couldn't look at him for a week
and that stool
well, that stool was pushed to the corner and I never ONCE attempted to sit on it
for fear of a repeat performance.
The end.
p.s. One of my favorite moments in all of my New Jersey life happened in someone's Audubon kitchen.
It was halloween.
There were pumpkins involved...
But it's not my awkward moment to write about.
Maybe someday she will....=)

2 comments:

BluSkies80 said...

Hey-be nice-since you seem to want to tell the story go ahead...I haven't done pumkin carvings since then. Maybe we should try it again this coming year=) I love your little stories.

Abby's dad said...

I grew up in Waynesville, OH about 30 minutes southwest of Jamestown... are you from that area or just did your student teaching there? I've been displaced to the Baltimore area since 2002 and it's no Waynesville but it's home now.