Thursday, September 14, 2006

As Luck Would Have It

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings were Curriculum Nights at my children's school -- the teachers were giving overviews of the curriculum for the different grades and different classes.

Because there are so many teachers and classes, the event had to be spread over two nights, depending on the grades of your children (nursery through grade 8), and I had to go both nights.

It was important for me to go the first night because it was for my son in grade 6 and I felt I needed to know what was going on for the year, as I'd not experienced it before.

And it was well worth it, especially for the English studies. My son's teacher is like a stand-up comic; she had the parents cracking up -- and heckling -- and the atmosphere was so leibedik (lively). I know she creates an equally entertaining atmosphere in which to teach. How do I know that? Because said teacher was recognized a couple of years ago with a Teacher of the Year Award as voted by students throughout the Jewish day school and Jewish after-school system in Toronto and its outskirts. I think my son is in for a treat this year!

My other children, in grades 1 and 4, have familiar teachers, and my attitude was "Been there, done that!" so I thought it wasn't so imperative that I go. But my 9-year-old daughter begged me to go so that I may view her artwork in her classroom, saying it might be my only chance to see it.

And I listened to my daughter.

I was supposed to be in the classroom for 8:00 for the English studies curriculum, but probably made it there about 5 minutes late. The information evening was already in session, with parents scattered around the room in the mini desks and chairs. I moved quickly into the room and sat down at an available spot.

After settling in, and getting a handout from a person nearby, I looked down at the desk I was sitting at. And lo, and behold, on the placecard atop the desk, was written my daughter's name!

In a classroom of over twenty-four desks and chairs, set in groups of four (two side by side facing two others, side by side), I had ended up sitting at the same spot my daughter goes to every morning.

Later, I spoke to the teacher, made mention of the same thing and she, too, had noticed where I had chosen to sat.

Merely coincidence...?


Elie said...

That's cool! Maybe spatial orientation/preference has a genetic component?

Ezzie said...

What Elie said, in simpler words! :)

Of course, my father's seat in shul is the front row behind the chazzan... while I prefer sitting in the back corner, as does my brother. Hmmm...

cruisin-mom said...

Pearl, I remember doing that with one of my kids at a back to school night, many years ago...twilight zone-ish

tuesdaywishes said...

What does it say about me and my kids that I can never find their seats or artwork? (Besides that tall kids sit in the back and art is something most of us are not very good at, so our stuff gets put in the top or bottom row, never at eye level.)

Mia said...

Was she able to choose her desk or was she given it by the teacher. If she chose it herself you both may have the same approach when entering a room, maybe she looked how you are choosing seats in other places (restaurants etc.) and is now without knowing doing the same.

In any case it is a wonderful coincidence and very sweet.

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

hmmm. sounds interesting. a funny teacher! :0

torontopearl said...

Elie: Your thought processes overwhelm me!

Ezzie: Yeah, right. You and Elie are co-horts in eloquence!
Maybe you sit at the back of the shul 'cause that's the talking section...?

CM: Cue Twilight Zone music please.

TW: Just ask the teachers. They'll be happy to show you what your kids have -- or haven't done. I can relate to "the tall kid" syndrome...sitting at the back of a row or standing in the back row of class pictures.

Mia: The first day the kids sat where they wanted, and then the teacher placed them. They do play "musical desks" throughout the year, but for the time being that is Adina's seat...and I just happened to sit in it!

Rabbi Neil: I want to be in that boys' class -- and told the grade 6 teacher the same. It would be like a visit to the Improv club every day!