Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Silly Fire Drill

I used to have a MySpace account. I started my blog there. But after I had a few too many technical difficulties, I moved the blog here. I have since closed the MySpace account. I hate to lose all of my blogs from that time, so from time to time I repost them here.  

I've resisted reposting this for a while. It's my first ever post. But today, for some reason, I feel like I should share. Please be kind. This was originally posted on May 23, 2006.  

Fire alarm? Great!

I hate fire alarms. I have to try to figure out where "my" class is and what they all looked like. After two minutes of taking roll, I usually have no hope of recalling more than perhaps three faces. And taking roll outside? Disaster.

Luckily, today's was different.

I had this same group yesterday. Usually I avoid the assignments that place me with the same class for more than a day at a time. History has given me many reasons for this. However, I was offered a three-day assignment, I needed to work, and it's been a while, so I figured, why not?

Today was day two. And the assignment got extended one extra day. Sigh.

But I was talking about the fire alarm.

They had a movie. Yes, it was in the lesson plan. You think I'm the kind of sub who shows movies and ignores the lesson plan? I'll ignore that. I follow lesson plans. So, I tried to put on the movie.

I'm not stupid about technology. Really, I'm not. Still, I had issues. I think I know what happened, and it wasn't my fault. Anyway, while a kind student was fixing the connections, the fire alarm started its waa-waa-waa-waa, and that means evacuate.

So, we walked out, got outside the gates, and waited. My entire class was there. All three of them.

Yes, I said three.

It's a class of six from the teacher's "extra" period. Three were absent. And except for the class of dream children from a couple years back, this was the easiest evacuation I've ever been in.

I don't know if it's me, but fire drills have gotten easier since this time. So has my writing. Practice may not make perfect, but it sure does make it better.  

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