4 Sep

On the second day of school, I collected the communal supplies – tissues, wipes glue, notebook paper – and planned to put them away at the end of the day Thursday. I was hoping that leaving the tissue boxes on the back table might lead to a few more arriving. Instead, it led to something else.

Thursday afternoon, we were in the midst of our informational writing sample. The students were super focused and working silently.  I was keeping busy, alternating between  puttering on a project and walking around, monitoring their progress. I looked up to see a student get out of his seat, sniffling. Ignoring the open tissue box sitting on my desk he walked straight to the pile of tissue boxes and tore one open. He took a tissue, blew his nose, left the box on the table, and returned to his seat.

This struck me as funny. Although I was glad he felt at home, I’d never had a student take such initiative before. I normally place several tissue boxes around the room in strategic locations. I guess because it was the beginning of the year, I’d forgotten to do so.The only open box was on my desk.

Did he see that box? I have no idea. Clearly the boxes on the back table were the ones that caught his eye. The lack of tissue boxes around the room caught my attention. When I finally put them away after school, I was sure to leave four boxes out. I opened them and placed them around the room, which was now, truly ready.


5 Responses to “Gesundheit”

  1. beetsyg September 4, 2018 at 7:17 am #

    This is a lovely little moment in the classroom, although it makes me sad that you have to solicit donations of tissue boxes rather than having them provided by school budgets.

  2. franmcveigh September 4, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Perfect solution. Love the initiative of that student! ❤

  3. Ramona September 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    Collecting supplies, one of those forgotten jobs of the beginning of the school year. Like you, I always made sure there were Kleenex available in several spots in the classroom. Love the photo and your classroom’s state of readiness.

  4. CHRISTINE SENIOR September 4, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Allergy season, cold season, spring allergy season – there always seems to be a need for tissues in a classroom. I always have a couple of boxes open especially during quiet exam moments when the sniffling sounds are magnified!

  5. Brian Rozinsky September 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

    Any port in a storm. And if there’s a stack of ‘ports’ within view, then the bigger, the better! Thanks for sharing the moment.

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