Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Not quite done.

The seventh graders and I were working on Taxonomy, so after some discussion and notes on why we classify living things, it was time for some basic practice.

I told them that I would supply each group with a mix of molluscs and it would be their job to sort them according to their similarities.
"Be careful observers", I said, "Look for patterns, ridge direction, etc."
"Oh, and whatever you do ... DO NOT DROP THEM ON THE FLOOR!"

"Okay, everybody, repeat after me, I will not drop Mr. FC's shells."

Through 3 periods and 60 kids, not one of them dropped a shell.

Just before the bell rang to end the last class of the day, I was picking up some of the shells.

I reached for a huge Sunray Venus clamshell, bobbled it, and it slipped from my fingers. It hit the tile floor and exploded into a dozen pieces.

I stared.
The kids stared.

"I can't believe that," I said, " All day long I've been warning you guys to be careful and not drop any shells ... and in the end, I'm the one who broke a shell."

The little blonde kid sitting next to the scene of the shell accident spoke up ...

" That's karma Mr. FC."


Dani said...

Oops! Karma is funny like that.

pablo said...

At least you served as a bad example. Heck, the kids probably had so much sympathy for you (I do) that the message of taking proper care was really driven home.

billg8tr said...


I just couldn't resist. Knowing how much you love football and all.

susan said...

Okay... fess up. What bad seeds did you sow to reap a shattered shell?

By the way, I had an epiphany yesterday. I finally realized that "FC" stands for Florida Cracker. All this time I figured you were a "Frank Crowe" or a "Frances Chambers" or a "Filmore Chapman."

Or a "Fleenor Creminski." It goes downhill from here.

: )

Sandcastle Momma said...

A fine example of
"Do as I say - not as I do" LOL

I'm sorry about the shattered shell but I'll be grinning at the idea of the look on their faces all day.

kjpweb said...

Kharma, huh? Nice one - but probably better that it happened to you than to one of the kids.
Cheers, Klaus

Hurricane Teen said...

Gotta say I would have had a good laugh were I in that class...
Though I am sorry you lost a shell.

Freste said...

Your next step is to go around chanting, "You will never win the lottery."

Leslie said...

Instant karma!
What a great kid. I love that age.

Floridacracker said...

Oops is right!

Let's hope so. I usually try and model appropriate behavior for them.

I have to learn more about it now that Knucklehead is playing. Hey, I found out we also play in St. Aug on the the 25th of September at 7:00 pm against FSDB so we'll be there for 2 games.

Shortly after starting PF, my wonderful commenters shortened it to FC and I liked it so ... that's me now.

They do love it when I flub up.
Adds a human aspect to the mean teacher persona.

True ... funnier if it's me!

Humor is very important to good teaching.

I like it. Am adopting that philosophy immediately.

Me too. They are such odd ducks at this mid point.

threecollie said...

Soooooo....you lost a lovely shell and gained a great story. Isn't blogging grand?
Seriously, sorry you broke your shell, but that is quite a tale.

Anonymous said...

Guess I forgot your name has changed as well as Patience/Mrs FC over the years! Oh well, you know what we will always call you guys..
no not that, knuckleheads! Hope all is well with the family.

SwampAngel65 said...

Kids always seem to have a way with words, don't they? All in all, to go through the day with so many kids and so many shells, only having one casualty isn't too bad!

swamp4me said...

Hehe, that's always the way it goes...so I guess your name is Earl now.

Thunder Dave said...

Bummer! Living in the land of Kharma over here, or wait Confucious, maybe that's confusion! ;-)

Doug Taron said...

Very funny. Sounds like you have a good class this year.

Floridacracker said...

It's a laugh a minute in the classroom ...

Glad the Ikeinator did not flatten you up in Cinn City.

And you would not believe some of their words!

Oh I am so Earl.

Have a Tsingtao and relax buddy.

Actually I've had much worse assortments so I will quietly agree.