Who's On Second?

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Who Is THAT?

SurpriseSome of the younger kids (second graders)that I teach have the strangest reactions when they see me outside of the school setting. You 'd never think that I spend 7 1/2 hours a day with them by their behavior when we accidentally bump into one another!  Lots of times they are hardly able to get out a weak "Hi", then they hide behind their parent!

Recently I was at Target and one of my boys came whizzing around the corner on the shopping cart, took one look at me, and stopped dead in his tracks. He looked at me as if I might turn him in for reckless driving! I asked him how he was doing and he said, "Oh, Mrs. S., uh, I'm okay. I'm just shopping with my grandma." After a short talk, I told him I'd see him at school. Then he moved the cart very slowly back to wherever he was going, looking over at me the whole time until he was out of sight! It was weird, since he'd never been in any kind of trouble with me all year.

Another time, I ran into a boy and his mom at the grocery store.  This little guy had been in trouble with me at school that day for annoying others in his learning club.  He saw me before his mom did, and his eyes had this look of dread that said, "Oh, crap! Not who I wanted to run into right now!" He apparently thought I 'd spill the beans to his mom right there in the store. Of course I didn't, since that wasn't the proper time or place.  As I exchanged pleasantries with his mom,  he stood silently, waiting for the big reveal!  His mom finally told him to tell me "hi". He was so obviously stunned and relieved when I didn't say anything to his mom, that I had to chuckle to myself as I walked away!Tongue Tied

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2007 8:34 PM by sellen

MysteryTeacher said:

Oh, YES!!! I was in Pep Boys getting new tires for my car and in walked a student.  He actually asked me what I was doing there.  I told him and he said, "You have a car???"  I said, "Yes, that is how I get to school every day."  He said, "I thought you lived in the school!"  I laughed all the way home.

But they do think that.  One student asked me if I had my bed in the closet.  You have to be the child of a teacher to realize your teacher doesn't live at the school I guess.

# July 15, 2007 11:02 PM

mimi said:

Totally!!!  I was at the mall with my husband when we ran into a student and his whole family (He was in first grade at the time).  Not only could he barely get out a "hi", let alone close his mouth from gaping at me...maybe it's because we were holding hands but I'll never know!!  But then, when I introduced my husband to his parents by his first name and he found out that he and Mr. S shared the same first name, I thought he was going to just keel over right there!!  

That Monday, his dad reported that once my husband and I walked away, the little boy said, "She scared the tuna salad out of me!!"" (any Mo Willems fans out there....check out his picture books if you haven't already!!

A very cute moment.  And, my student was king of the gossip when he told everyone at school that week!!

# July 16, 2007 7:50 AM
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