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Slice of Life 18: Grad Class, a Lighter Moment

By Janice Ewing Last week in my grad class a teacher fell off of her seat. How, I don’t know. One minute we were in the midst of a group discussion and the next minute she was on the floor laughing, fortunately. When the others saw that she was okay, they let themselves laugh too. I made sure that she was really okay, not just covering up embarrassment, and then paused as a realization washed over me. I thought about it for a minute, and then decided to share it with the class. This is what I told them. When I first made the transition to teaching teachers, friends and colleagues often asked me what the biggest difference was between working with children and working with adults. That’s really a complex question, but my short answer was, ‘Adults don’t fall off their chairs.” Upon hearing this, one teacher in the class suggested that I modify that statement to “Adults don’t fall off their chairs as often!”   * This “Slice of Life” post is part of a larger blog series, hosted by the blog site, Two Writing Teachers: A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers.

???????????Janice Ewing is an adjunct for Cabrini College and a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project. Janice co-facilitates PAWLP’s “Continuity Days” and this blog. She is an avid reader and writer, and especially enjoys writing poems.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. That is too funny. I’m glad she is ok. It sounds like you have a great group of teachers.


    March 18, 2015
  2. Janice,
    Thank you for the smile–a perfect way to end my teaching day. Sometimes I end the day with a furrowed brow, pondering what went wrong; sometimes I fret far too long over things which I can’t control — but your SOL reminded me that one of the best ways to end a day — teaching or not — is with a smile or a chuckle — so glad your student wasn’t hurt — thank you for sharing.


    March 18, 2015
  3. Rita Sorrentino #

    Oh, glad she wasn’t hurt, and that you were able to lighten up the situation. 


    March 18, 2015
  4. Ms. Kelly #

    I am trying to think of the last time i saw an adult fall out of their chair. Thanks for the story,


    March 18, 2015
  5. SO funny. I teach little kids and teachers. THEY BOTH fall off their chairs. They both call out. They all love to talk. They are all special.


    March 18, 2015

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