Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Accidental EPIC Moment

You can not possibly make up what happened in my classroom today. It's one for the record books. 

Mr. Principal told us that he would be doing internal learning walks today. This basically just means short pop-in observations, checking our writing portfolios, that we have our learning targets posted, etc. He had told us that they would be done from 8:30-11:30. Well he's all by himself, we have several "special" friends in 3rd grade and he often has them in his office and we're a big school. So 11:30 came and went and I just moved on with my day, not too worried about what was or wasn't being looked at in my room.

When he finally made it into my room, it was about 12:15 so we were just getting set for read aloud. Even though I teach big kids, I still have them come sit on the carpet with me when I read. We've been reading the "My Weirder School" series and are on Mrs. Lilly is Silly. Basically the premise of the book is that the kids are going to make a newspaper and they come up with a lot of sensational headlines, one being "Mr. Klutz Doesn't Wear Underpants" (Mr. Klutz is the principal). Well it just so happened that we were on the chapter where Mr. Klutz realizes that the kids wrote this headline and needless to say, he is really ticked!

So we're reading and Mr. Principal was sitting over by my desk area making some notes and as I read, I'm watching him out of the corner of my eye because I knew what was coming but the kids didn't (and he didn't). First of all, these books are hilarious because they have so many plays on words and you have to really pay attention to get them all. They are just hilarious--my kids practically pee their pants laughing. In this story, when Mr. Klutz realizes that the kids said he doesn't wear underpants, he decides to prove them wrong and pulls his pants down to show them he DOES wear underpants....and his underpants are PINK boxers with RED hearts on them.

As I read that and my 4th graders were roaring with laughter, I peek up to see Mr. Principal with his hand over his eyes and his shoulders shaking SO hard, trying desperately not to just burst out laughing. So I whispered to my class, just loud enough for Mr. Principal to hear, "And Mr. Principal is kind of embarrassed because he thinks its tacky to show your students  your underpants!" 

Everyone started laughing, even me, even Mr. Principal. It was freaking epic. It was HILARIOUS. 

Later, Mr. Principal and I were talking about it and he said, "you know, you couldn't have planned that moment better if you had tried." Exactly. Those are the best moments when someone is in your room--when something authentic and real happens that will make the kids remember the day for a long time.

God I love my job.

The Caffeinated Teacher


  1. That is funny! You have a great principal that can go along with jokes. My principal would have smirked and asked why I was reading that book and did it relate to our CCSS and where was that in my lesson plan.
    Rambling About Reading

  2. Stephanie: Epic Moment is an understatement! You are certainly blessed with a great one!