We Had to Unplug That Thing!
September 13, 2017 12:38pm CST
When I was a reading teacher for students who struggled with reading, I turned my classroom into what looked similar to a living room in a home. My classroom had rugs on the floors, huge pillows to lean against while sitting on the rug with a good book in hand, table lamps, bookcases filled with books, flowers in vases, framed pictures on the walls, and comfortable chairs for those who preferred to sit in chairs while reading a self-selected book. My students knew I loved animals. One of my students gave me a tabletop water fountain with little wildlife animals perched here and there on that fountain. He was a darling boy who said, "I got this for you Mrs. Mitchell because I know how much you love animals." The wildlife-themed water fountain played the song "All Things Bright and Beautiful" when the silver key was wound. We did not listen to the music when the water fountain was plugged into the outlet, but we all loved the sound of the trickling water cascading down the fountain. We had to unplug the fountain due to the fact that the sound of the trickling water led to far too many trips to the bathroom. I was affected by the trickling water too, but as the teacher, I had to hold it! Too many bathroom breaks interrupted our reading, and anything that interrupted our reading time had to eliminated as soon as possible. We unplugged the fountain and came to the conclusion that the fountain needed to remain unplugged if we were to ever get any reading done. The tabletop wildlife fountain was silenced, but it was adorable to look at every now and then.
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• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I was not expecting what happened! Aren't teachers allowed to go to the bathroom too? That must have been horrible! You sound like a super teacher! I bet those students turned into voracious readers because of you!
• United States
@LadyDuck I agree. I did write an article for the no-longer site, Full of Knowledge, stating that every school should have a reading room like the one I created. I did have students from other classes sneak in to read, but had to send them back to their classroom if they did not have a pass from their teacher.
• French Polynesia
Oh how sad. But if you are distracted, it is hard to accomplish what needs to be done in a classroom. When I am here trying to write in English and hear our TV going off in French it dries me crazy. I know what you mean to get rid of the distractions so all goes well.