We Had to Unplug That Thing!

@Corbin5 (78665)
United States
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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@andriaperry (30898)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Sep
LOL, that would do it. I love that you made it a comfortable setting to read.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
I had many interlopers who would sneak in to read and I had to send them back to the class from which they escaped. Everyone loves to read in a homey atmosphere, I suppose.
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@Marty1 (25597)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13 Sep
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!
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
Well, no teacher can leave a class of kids unless another teacher steps in to take over. I have really good holding power. Thank you for your kind words, my friend.
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@Marty1 (25597)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13 Sep
@Corbin5 I wondered why the teachers in my school never went to the bathroom, but work see them running to the teacher's bathroom at lunch! i guess that is one of the things ones need to do to be a teacher!
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
@Marty1 A strong bladder is necessary, for sure.
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@paigea (21016)
• Canada
13 Sep
So you started this trend of comfy classrooms I wish classrooms had more space for this
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
It was very comfy. I would have some interlopers sneak in to read, and I had to send them back to class. Being in a homey place is a nice place to read a good book for most of us.
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@Courtlynn (47102)
• United States
13 Sep
Do you still have it?
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
No, I left all I had in that room behind for the next teacher when I retired. The kids could still enjoy the same room, but have a different teacher.
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@Courtlynn (47102)
• United States
13 Sep
@Corbin5 ooohhh. I wouldve taken it. As it was a gift. But that was nice of you.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
@Courtlynn Oh yes, a teacher has to take and use those gifts. I always wrote thank you notes for any gift given to me.
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@Nawsheen (22857)
• Mauritius
13 Sep
This class of yours must have been so fun. Those students were lucky to have you as their teacher.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
I loved teaching reading. I taught 1st, 4th, and 5th grades and for a short time I was a special education teacher. The job as a reading teacher was a dream come true.
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@amadeo (46152)
• United States
13 Sep
you have a point there.Though they are beautiful too look at .But it can be annoying.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
Yes, we unplugged it and just enjoyed looking at it.
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@amadeo (46152)
• United States
13 Sep
@Corbin5 just as good.Like a sculpture
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
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@Platespinner (18072)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Sep
Schoolwork around here gets done on the couch, on the floor or on the dining room table. The desks are used for artwork and sewing.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
I hope you have your own spot to do your schoolwork, Emmet!!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
19 Sep
@Corbin5 I have a little zipper pouch that keeps me warm and cozy and out of trouble.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
19 Sep
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@TRBRocks420 (60799)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Sep
I wish you were my nephews teacher.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
Thank you for those kind words, my friend.
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@TRBRocks420 (60799)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Sep
@Corbin5 You're welcome my friend :)
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@responsiveme (14366)
• India
14 Sep
That does sound like a wonderful object.But what is more wonderful is how you got that room comfy for the kids to read. I think you have made a difference to lots of children
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Sep
I had quite a few kids not in my class who would sneak in to read, but had to send them back to the class where they belonged.
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@Fishmomma (11588)
• United States
13 Sep
I love the sound of running water like fountains. Its relaxing for me and great to sit near while reducing stress.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
We really did like the sound, but those trips to the bathroom due to the trickling water were too numerous.
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@RasmaSandra (12495)
• Riga, Latvia
13 Sep
I like the soothing sounds of running water.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
Me too. It was such a darling fountain with little animals on it.
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@fishtiger58 (30304)
• Momence, Illinois
14 Sep
The sound of the water trickling would have sent me to the bathroom too, great story.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Sep
Thank you. Thanks to that fountain I have a strong bladder.
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@fishtiger58 (30304)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Sep
@Corbin5 I used to but these days not so much, old age I guess.
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@rebelann (30969)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Sep
Just thinking of that sound has sent me to the powder room.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
Yes, even thinking about trickling water will do it. Off to the bathroom, I am!!!
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@rebelann (30969)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Sep
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@alberello75 (12968)
• Genova, Italy
13 Sep
Yes, I think it's fascinating to watch and listen to the "sound" of the water. However, until at some point ...
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
Yes, we really had to unplug that fountain. It was a relaxing sound, but too many trips to the bathroom.
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@alberello75 (12968)
• Genova, Italy
13 Sep
@Corbin5 However also I, when I drank, I had several trips to the bathroom! This also without fountain
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@jstory07 (56984)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Sep
That would be cute to look at and enjoy.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
It really was adorable. I left everything in that room for the new teacher when I retired. It is a nice spot for those who like to read.
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@FayeHazel (10731)
• United States
13 Sep
I like the sound of running water. A great idea to make a cozy reading room
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
Yes, it was the place those who were not my students would come if they got a pass from their teacher. It was a comfy place to read a spell.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
13 Sep
I can only imagine how your class looks like. Reading on rags while laying on pillows will surely feel like home and that must be fun :) I have never seen a tabletop fountain before
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Sep
It was a lovely room. I just brought everything from home or bought items for a few dollars at resale shops.
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@LadyDuck (118309)
• Switzerland
14 Sep
How beautiful to be allowed to arrange your classroom as you liked. I would have loved a "non formal" classroom. I have one of those small fountains, it makes me sleepy.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Sep
Yes, I just brought items from home and purchased items at hardly any cost at resale shops here. It was a wonderful job.
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@LadyDuck (118309)
• Switzerland
14 Sep
@Corbin5 They should let do this even in my country, it is much more pleasant to study in a nice place.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Sep
@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.
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@poehere (17339)
• French Polynesia
14 Sep
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.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Sep
Yes, we could hear the clock tick when everyone was enjoying their novels. No way would I want that interrupted.
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@poehere (17339)
• French Polynesia
15 Sep
@Corbin5 For sure I would want to make sure when the day ended it was time to go home.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
14 Sep
Oh what a blinking shame you had to unplug it Deborah I would have loved to be in your homey cozy classroom.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Sep
It really did soothe us, except our bladders.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
14 Sep
@Corbin5 I can relate to that entirely
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