For most teachers, especially at the end of the day, it is their "lifeline" to getting through a sometimes hectic day.
One day last year, I had my nice, big, extra large cup sitting on my horseshoe table... waiting for me while I was finishing up a math lesson. I couldn't wait to get over there and start to drink it.
I remember it vividly, as it was reaching the 2 o'clock hour... feeling a little extra tired ... looking forward to sipping from my cream and sugar beverage. It was almost as if it was calling me over...
And then the unthinkable happened.
One of my students accidentally knocked it over, and it all spilled out.
The room was the quietest it has EVER been.
All eyes were on me ... to see how I'd react.
You see, all of the students know how much I love my coffee. They all know that it is my "lifeline" to the end of the day.
And now someone has changed the course of my day.
Or had they?
Well, I have to admit... I was a little upset, because I had JUST reminded this student to put away their stuffed animal (the culprit), and also told this student to make sure they didn't play with it... as was the case the previous few minutes.
The pause in the room seemed like an hour. I knew that I was not going to be having my favorite drink to get me through the rest of the day. I felt like screaming!!!!
On the inside.
On the outside... I remained calm... called over the student, and just had a simple chat with her about helping me clean it up, the importance of being careful, and so forth.
The room then carried on like normal.
You see... it was just a cup of coffee. If I would have yelled at her... showed the class how upset I was... then it would have changed the whole tone of the day, and she would have felt even more awful than she already did. What good would that do?
Instead, she probably has no recollection it even happened. (While I remember it vividly to this day).
However, which is more important?
A cup of coffee .... or a child's feelings?
It's not even close.
How about you? Have you ever had a moment where you just felt like screaming? What was it? Did you hold back? Let me know in the comments below, and maybe we'll have a cup of coffee discussing it... unless you knock it over.