SOLC Day 12: Perfect Timing


March 2020 SOLC–Day 12
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The timing was perfect.

We were playing Jeopardy yesterday to review what we’d been learning about systems and the human digestive system in particular. I’d divided the class into two teams. Team Banana was up. Team Watermelon looked on anxiously.

“Large intestine for $400,” the student from Team Banana called.

I clicked, and the question appeared on the screen.

I read aloud,“What do you call the sphincter at the end of the large intestine?” 

Team Banana went into huddle mode, turning to each other and immediately giggling and comparing answers. Clearly they knew this one! They quickly agreed on their final answer.

Just as they turned and in one loud, enthusiastic voice declared, “The anus!”, the classroom door opened and our Principal walked in. My finger, already in downward descent, clicked the see-answer button.  The words “The Anus” appeared, emblazoned on the screen.

Team Banana cheered.

Team Watermelon groaned.

The Principal looked slightly taken aback.

I started laughing.

It was priceless.

At the end of the day I mentioned to our principal how perfect his timing had been. He admitted that after hearing the kids roar “The Anus” as he’d walked in, he’d had to resist the temptation to comment, “That’s Mr. Anus to you!”


31 thoughts on “SOLC Day 12: Perfect Timing

  1. amyilene says:

    Perfect timing & perfect slice! I almost spit my coffee out when I guffawed!

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  2. dogtrax says:

    Ha. Great one. Good thing your principal has a good sense of humor … (not everyone is so lucky, alas).

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  3. Lanny Ball says:

    Priceless, indeed! What timing and what a moment! My favorite line is the last line, as I hadn’t thought about that interpretation. Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. clarejlandrigan says:

    Such a great piece … I chose to read it because I wanted a laugh this morning and you did not disappoint! I love how you stretched it out, building to the moment of truth and then with a heartfelt ending. Thank you for starting my day remembering what matters and getting my head in the game!

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  5. margaretsmn says:

    Hilarious timing! I’m glad your principal saw the humor in the moment.

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  6. Book Dragon says:

    I love this lighthearted Slice. It is a perfect antidote to all the uncertainty and angst right now.

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  7. That is a classic moment you’ll never forget and I’m sure your students and principal won’t either. How good is the timing and climax and how well you recorded it all!

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  8. Patty McLaughlin says:

    Love it! I could picture Will walking in at that moment!

    Sent from my iPad


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  9. Just the right thing! A great bit of humor and so well told! Sharing humorous moments is more challenging than it seems, I think.

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  10. I’m laughing out loud! Sure glad your Principal has a sense of humor, too! Such a fun way to review content.

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  11. Haha! Sure was perfect timing! I loved his comment as the end. Too funny! Thanks for the laugh!

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  12. kd0602 says:

    Glad your principal was a good sport! And what a great way to engage the kids in review of learned information… You are so good at telling a funny story!

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  13. cvarsalona says:

    Now that is a priceless slice, Molly. I love this small moment that will last forever in the minds of your students and you.

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  14. Your principal is a funny guy! Oh, to be that quick witted. Fun story during a challenging time.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m looking for laughter and silver linings wherever I can find them. Our district is now closed for at least two weeks. Teachers go in tomorrow to try to figure out how this distance learning thing will work. Wish us luck!


  15. Two weeks closed seems to be the rule of thumb. I wish us all a far milder Coronavirus than the worst case scenario.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Me, too. It’s a very unsettling situation. I suspect two weeks closed is an overly optimistic outlook.


      • I’d be surprised if you were back in this school year. Though I just heard that the prime minister in England has not closed the schools since kids are not getting the virus and perhaps it’s a far better place for them to be than at home.


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