Thursday, March 11, 2010

OMG Moments in Education, Part II

(photo from Google images)

[Inspired by a conversation with Confessions of a Working Mom, I decided to post this funny story, which took place two years ago and was originally titled, "The Three Musketeers."

There are three 6th grade girls with cognitive disabilities in our school. They are 11-year olds who often seem more like little old ladies, walking down the hall arm-in-arm, thick as thieves and full of confidence. I often see them bossing each other around or encouraging each other with a lot of sincerity, and sometimes a lot of emotion. I have had almost no interaction with them until today, since Mrs. M is their teacher, but today was memorable!

I just got SPANKED by one of these girls the hallway! That’s right; smacked right on the butt by a girl whose name I didn’t even know. I had stopped Spunky, Silly, and Sassy in the hallway, because I had just seen Spunky smack Silly on the bottom. I said, “Excuse me, Ladies….that is not [SMACK] appropriate!” Spunky slunk off, giggling, and her partners-in-mischief followed suit.

Taken aback, flipping wildly through the Rolodex of appropriate responses in my head (and trying not to laugh out loud) I said sternly, “THAT is not okay! I think we need to go talk with Mrs. M! Spunky crinkled up her nose, stuck out her tongue, and defiantly spat, “No!”

Grasping at straws; at a loss for what to do (I don’t know these girls at all and have never taught kids with cognitive disabilities), I threatened, “Do I just need to write a referral instead?”

“OOOOOOOOOOOOO!” came her smart-aleck response (as in, “Ooooooooo; I’m so scared! Lady, you are in way over your head, so just shuffle off and mind your own business!” Yikes!!) And she turned around, shuffling off to lunch.

Of course, I followed up with her teacher, and I have an entirely new respect for Mrs. M and her gang of aides down the hall. I now know Spunky’s real name. (And I’ll probably walk backwards down the hall the next time I see her!)


  1. Oh my heavens! This made me laugh out loud.

  2. Too funny! Never a dull moment, I would probably walk backwards too!

  3. hahahhah

    I've said it before and I'll say it again.

    SNK's are FUN!!

    seriously though, glad you followed up.

  4. That is funny and cute. Thanks for sharing thia with me,

  5. LOL!! At least you got a good story out of it!

  6. How funny! I wish I'd written down more of the stories I had from teaching.

    P.S. I moved my scrolly things on my blog so that they both don't show at the same time. So, maybe you won't get car sick. ;)

  7. *I need to stop by here every day. Love the school stories. What fun those girls were having. And Kelly with her questions, well, I wish I could be more like that sometimes.

    *Congratulations on your anniversary. I'm so glad there's still ample love in your home.

    *I've been praying for your mom's quick recovery. Glad it's going well.

    *Kendall is such a beautiful girl and you're friends. I think that must make life so very sweet for you :)

  8. I can sooo see that happening since I work with some cognitively impaired children! Keep 'em coming!

  9. No!! They did NOT!! Seriously?! HA HA HA, that Spunky sure does have spunk!!!

  10. My ex-husband's step-mom teaches children with behavioral and cognitive disabilities, and I have heard some hair raising stories-but nothing QUITE so funny as this! :)

  11. Yep, Special Ed. is just a horse of a different color, but never ever boring!!! Heeehehe, I just fell in love with Spunky, Silly and Sassy!

    Have a beautiful day, Hon!!!

    BTW: How's Mama doin'?

  12. This is classic! Maybe you've met your match.

  13. Gotta love the anonymous ass spamming your comment section! People really do amaze me!

    Anyway, I love the story! Too cute!

  14. funny funny story .. i could picture it completely in my mind as I read your post ..

  15. Thanks for sharing that funny story! I'd walk backwards, too. :)


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