When you study education at Penn State, you go through several student teaching experiences.
In the first, you observe a classroom. Observing doesn't really involve sitting and watching, but rather acting as a teacher's helper. Mine were really fun – kindergarten, fourth grade, and a high school computer class.
The second begins as an observation but ends as actual teaching. It's only a half-day program, but you work with the students, tutoring and teaching. You prepare actual lessons and grade papers and help the teacher in almost every way. Mine was awesome – seventh grade earth science.
The third and final student teaching experience is real teaching. My cooperating teacher was mostly out of the room or working on his own graduate school work, so I was 100% responsible for the classroom. It was a ninth grade earth science class.
It was during my second student teaching that I experienced the fascinating and enchanting and formidable seventh grader. I had always wanted to work with middle school students. They're so little and in need of guidance and protection, but they're also quickly growing up. They're awash in hormones 24/7.
Seventh grade boys are a very special breed of human being.
Nearly all of my seventh grade boys tried to look down my shirt every time I bent over or stooped down to help them.
It was as normal as writing their names on their papers.
Part of our student teaching grade included checks of our “professional appearance” – our wardrobe choices. I work a lot of button-down shirts and skirts with tights because they were easy and because I had a long walk from my car to my own classes after student teaching was over for the day.
I was so concerned with keeping my top buttoned up far enough that I rarely thought about my skirt. I only owned knee-length skirts, and I always wore opaque tights, so it wasn't a concern.
Until the day we did the minerals lab.
I was wearing a fuzzy knit navy blue skirt with cottony navy blue tights. The kids were performing mineral tests on samples at their desks.
Mineral tests include things like hardness, luster, and cleavage. (I am so not kidding.) The kids would do their tests, record their answer, and often raise their hand to ask me to confirm whether their answer was correct.
Constantly aware of my ownÃ‚ cleavage, I didn't like to bend over to look at their papers. Instead, I stooped down next to their desks.
Halfway through the period, my cooperating teacher came over and asked to speak to me in private. I held my breath for forever, until we were away from the class and she told me that my skirt was practically around my waist, exposing myÃ‚ leopard-printÃ‚ underwear to the entire class.
I never wanted to go back again.
If I had used Bounce in the dryer, maybe my skirt wouldn't have crept up my backside. If I'd rubbed a Bounce sheet on my tights, maybe it wouldn't have happened.
I guess I'll never know.
I fixed my skirt and walked back into the classroom, red-faced but otherwise nonchalant. I couldn't let the kids know that I was embarrassed. I faked cool, calm, and collected as well as anyone.
I bounced back as if nothing at all had happened.
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