The only good thing about this is in second grade, the children were writing narratives about a bad day. This incident made for a really great narrative, modeled by yours truly! I have 7 more days left of school. I'm going to try really hard to not do any more d-u-m things!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Read about the "d-u-m" thing I did today!
Today, I did the dumbest thing! The soap dispenser in my bathroom is attached to the mirror with two adhesive strips and when I got into school this morning, it had fallen into the sink. I tried to rehang it, but it fell again, with a loud crash. I took it out of the bathroom and put it on the counter so I could email the person in charge of getting our maintenance man to come to our classroom. Then, I let the children in for the morning. They asked me why the soap dispenser was on the counter and I told them what happened. Then, I went to move it out of their way, but, it was stuck to the counter. It would not budge! I tried with all my might to move it, but it was not going anywhere. The children just laughed and laughed. I laughed, too, and told them that I made a really silly mistake. Silly just didn't seem like the right word though, so I told them I made a mistake a little worse than silly, but I don't want to use that word in school. So one of my students came up to me and whispered, "you mean d-u-m!" We burst out laughing! A couple hours later, the maintenance man came in with a huge chisel and spray and worked at that thing forever. Pieces of the dispenser were flying everywhere, soap was flying everywhere, it was a mess! After what seemed like an eternity, he finally got it unstuck from the counter and then the poor man had to get all the adhesive off, too. It was a new dispenser and it had to be thrown away. Thankfully, he was amused by my stupidity, too! I told my students that I learned a big lesson today! I know that they all went home and told their families about the d-u-m thing their teacher did! Here are two of my students trying to get it unstuck... We tried to wedge a back scratcher under there, too, but the back scratcher broke in half. They told me to try a scissor and I asked them if they really think it's a good idea for their naturally clumsy teacher to be using such a sharp object in such a dangerous way. They all agreed that it was not a good idea!