I love my students. They continually make me laugh on a daily basis and truly make me love my job.
Today the students came back from Art class and the first few students ran to their desks and I heard a cacophony of, “I’m first” and “No, I was first.”
I made the general comment to those filtering in after, “You guys are so competitive.” Once the students were settled, one of my girls raised her hand and asked in a sad voice, “Did you say we were pathetic?”
I was so worried that she misheard what I said and clarified, “No! I said COMPETITIVE,” I re-enunciated the word, “COMPETITIVE. Not pathetic.” Then she sighed a relief and smiled and we all had a good laugh.
I’m so glad she said something to me, though. Can you imagine if she went home and told her parents that I called the kids pathetic? Phew!