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A Lesson for the Teacher

The Daily Prompt asks this question: When was the last time you were embarrassed? I haven’t had a recent embarrassing moment, but I’ve had scores and scores of embarrassing moments that are not so recent. I’m too embarrassed to write about some of those moments on a public forum! Since the new school year is right around the corner, I’ll share a conversation that caused me to turn red.

When: Several years ago, on the first day of school, in a first grade class

Before the red face:  I greeted students and parents at the door, we got on with our first day procedures, we looked at supplies, and then I went to a student to talk about his missing supplies.

What I said: Can you please tell your grandma to send in a folder by the end of the week?

Student’s response: My grandma?

Me: Yes. Your grandma brought you to school, right?

Student: She is NOT my grandma. She is my mom.

I was so mortified with my horrible error that I was speechless for a few seconds. You can imagine how apologetic I was when I caught my voice! Needless to say, I’ve never made that kind of mistake again. I learned a fine lesson on that first day of school!

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6 thoughts on “A Lesson for the Teacher

  1. Oh No!! I have several faux pas I could share along similar lines – like the one when I asked the mother of a student when her baby was due ………. .. Foot in Mouth!! Like you I learned to draw back on assumptions, form my questions carefully – and wait to be told. 🙂

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