Saturday, February 23, 2013

Down the Drain...What's that?

My week ended with a plugged classroom sink.
The sitting water wouldn't drain and I was stumped because nothing ever goes down it except water, or my leftover coffee or tea. My assumptions were way off though.
A work order was put in and the district maintenance guy came to take a look....during the middle of my classroom instruction. He plunged, plunged, plunged...on and on while I tried to teach.
I stopped to ask him if I needed to clear out under the sink and he stated, "No, not unless I need to get the snake."  Great thing to say with a class full of kiddos. I could see many of them trying to figure out why he would need a snake to fix the sink. I clarified. "Boys and girls, a snake is a tool to unplug a drain, not a real snake."  On went the lesson, until finally after more plunging and  yes, using the "snake", 3 watercolor brushes were found. I was shocked. First, I never rinse watercolor brushes. I have the kids put them back in the container and air dry. Second, my class has not water colored this year at all. Third, how did 3 of them get down the sink? I could see maybe one as an accident but not 3.
I guess I'll never know. I can only assume this problem was started with my last year's class, since that is when I last remember water coloring.

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  1. This made me smile.
    I haven't had a plumber visit during the lesson, but I have had technology people come fix things. Fourth graders get distracted as easily as third graders.

    1. For minor technology glitches, I always have my students trying to give me tips on how to fix it and it's surprising how sometimes they are right on target.

  2. That is too funny! I hate when they come and do work during classroom hours. Everything you say goes in one ear and out the other with the kiddos no matter how hard you try...although, the snake thing would get their attention!

    Mrs. D

    1. So true. Any little thing can distract them.

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