Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Comfy Chair


C.A.D. Computer-aided design. At the continuation high school.

Occasionally a class will have one. A padded, wheeled chair.


Usually it's behind the teacher's desk, and I can easily shoo the kiddos away from it. (I claim the teacher's chair.) But this one was in addition to the teacher's chair. It was over at the side of the room. I didn't notice it until the first kid into class spied it.

He let out a yelp of pleasure as he ran to it and quickly switched it for his hard chair.


What usually happens in this circumstance is some other kiddo will arrive, complain that the student stole "his" chair, and an argument will ensue. I braced for it...

But it didn't materialize. Each period someone claimed the chair, and no one said anything against them.

I found out about this odd occurrence after school. The teacher arrived to teach his after school classes. (His reason for being out was "personal", but I had heard he'd been sick. Probably the same ick I had.)

I was taking the above picture. Mr. G explained that there's a firm rule about the chair. If it becomes an issue, he'll get rid of it.

As it hadn't been an issue, in fact, it had been surprisingly issue-free, I made sure to say I was pleasantly surprised how well the chair sharing had gone. After how well they handled it, there was no way I was going to have it be taken from them.

Now, if they'd only actually gotten some work done...

26 comments:

  1. It's amazing how much of the school day is spent on not learning.

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  2. It's the simple things. Probably prompts some kids to get to class early so they can snag that chair.

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  3. Do you ever get to teach a class where the students want to learn, and they do their work? But if something as simple as that chair makes the day I would put one in the car and see if the students will behave that way in every class you go too.

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    1. Yeah, sometimes we actually do work and they're good with it. See: yesterday's post. But, alas, most of those days make for very boring posts, so I rarely talk about those classes.

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  4. Maybe they decided that it's a first come first serve sort of thing. Who ever sees it first gets it.

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  5. Well, they must think, "First come First serve."

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    1. I believe that's the rule. And no fighting if you weren't first.

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  6. Its all about showing off to your mates.

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  7. I'm surprised too, but I'm glad the teacher has that rule in place and the kiddos know about it!

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  8. that is cool. I'm glad the kiddos were cooperative.

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    1. About the chair. Now, about doing work...

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  9. Love those chairs like in the Cad class

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  10. I'm impressed such a simple edict worked. Some kids in my school would have forced the issue out of spite, not caring that everyone suffered. Be well!

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    1. I guess the fact that he means it helps. I have no doubt the chair would be gone the day after a sub complained about the chair being an issue. Although, I've met a few of those students who would do things out of spite, so...

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  11. I am surprised that there was no bloodshed.

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  12. Nice. Sounds like he and the class have a good dynamic going

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  13. I despise those chairs. They wheel around in them. Clearly that teacher has better control than I do.

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    1. Me too. Because, yeah, usually it's all sorts of mayhem with the pushing themselves across the room and the fighting over who gets to sit there.

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  14. That seems like a very effective rule.

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  15. How awesome that they didn't fight over the chair! Did the students get to class super early to claim their chair, though?

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    1. They did not. Apparently, the good chair is not enough of an incentive to get them to move quickly.

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