I never thought I’d say this (especially this year), but while most teachers are counting down the days until summer break I’m counting down the days until I’ll have to say goodbye to the special (and I do mean special) group of kids I’ve been privileged to teach this year. I’m not going all mushy on you, but I can’t think of any other group of kids that I’ve ever taught that have given me so many good stories and hilarious memories as this group has. They’re truly one of a kind.
By the time you’re reading this, the day has probably come and gone, but Thursday in Room 117 was one that should go down in the books forever….literally. And just when I thought I’d safely made it through the day, the M-Card story unfolded (as most of the hilarious things that take place do) right before my very eyes.
If you were to walk by Room 117 in the afternoons at around 1:55, what you would hear might sound a little like chaos, however it’s probably just 22 kids zooming around the classroom making every effort to get their desks cleaned and tidied, and all of their belongings off of the floor for our daily afternoon check. (After the custodians commented on how hard it was to clean a room with stuff on the floor, I’ve been a stickler about cleaning it up every afternoon.) The kids know that they clean up, take out their planners for me to sign, and sit quietly with their heads down until the bell rings and they’re dismissed. It’s just our afternoon routine. HOWEVER, for some reason everything about Thursday seemed out of routine and instead of sitting in their desks, I had 3 kids gathered around me while I logged in to check my email.
Before I tell anymore of this story, here’s what you should know:
1. Already the day had been kind of crazy, so the kids were chatting instead of sitting quietly. I was talking with some of them who where gathered around me.
2. Our school district uses Gmail…therefore I had pulled up my Gmail account to check my inbox.
3. The Gmail logo looks like this:
I opened my inbox and began to read over a response from an email that I’d written earlier. I was in a hurry when I wrote the email so with much lack in creativity, I just typed in “Card” in the subject line and clicked send. Now, you have to understand, I’m not really paying much attention to what my screen looks like as I’m scanning quickly through the new message and trying to get the kids behind me to sit back down. And what happened next was completely unexpected. One of the kids standing behind me suddenly said, “OOOOOOOh! Ya’ll she’s on M-Card!” I had absolutely no idea what in the world they were talking about so I said, “What? What is M-Card? I’m not on M-Card!” They replied saying, “Yes you are! That’s what your computer says! What’s that like some Facebook or something?” By this time they had pulled most of the class into the “M-Card” act and really had them believing that there truly was a website called “M-Card” and I was on it. When I finally caught on to what M-Card actually was I literally burst into laughter. I just couldn’t hold it in. The M-Card they were referring to came from the “M” on the Gmail logo and the subject line that read “Card” across the top of my computer screen. Fighting back the laughter, I corrected the student but later sat back and had to ask myself, “Did that really just happen?” And of course, it brought a smile to my face all over again because I realized that those unexpected moments of pure comedy straight from the mouths of my middle schoolers are what make Room 117 one of a kind.