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Taking Flight

The teacher stood with his back to the classroom, writing a list of spelling words on the white board for his young students to review.  Busy hands in the back row deftly folded a loose sheet of paper and sent it sailing forward, spiraling round overhead and landing within a couple feet of where the teacher stood.  Discreet giggles quickly turned to collective breath held, and somewhere in the back a young man slid down in his seat. Retrieving the aircraft from the floor, the teacher couldn't help but smile inwardly, noting how well the plane had been crafted and remembering the paper-folding days of his own childhood years ago. Holding the airplane high overhead, he sent it sailing in a wide arc across the room while announcing that the student sitting at the desk where the plane landed would be permitted to choose a sticker from the prize box, as would the crafter of such a fine airplane, however any future flights would need to take place on the playground outside.
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I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin's Five Sentence Fiction
where the writing prompt this week is "flight"

18 comments:

  1. Good story! Teachers can make or break kids. I remember some like this, and some boys like this.

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    1. Thank you Annie! I agree, a good teacher knows when to encourage and when to be firm, and how to hold a balance. This teacher handled the situation well. It wasn't an issue big enough to create a scene over, rather than shaming the child who acted out of boredom, he was allowed a bit of fame for his efforts... and then it was time to get back to business in the classroom. I have had teachers like this, and teachers who spent their days screaming and yelling and making us all miserable for the nine months we had to endure them. A positive atmosphere fosters learning, I believe.

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  2. A great teacher. I've had a few like this. They are priceless indeed. What a great post. It made me smile.

    Have a fabulous day honey. Big hugs from sunny California. ☺

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    1. Thank you Sandee, it made me smile to write this story, this is how we wish education could always be, far more than what is in the textbooks is learned within the classroom walls.

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  3. This is wonderful! I love how you have portrayed a teacher who is nurturing rather than quashing creativity. A beautifully flowing piece. xx


    http://40somethingundomesticateddevil.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/5-sentence-fiction-flight-part-5-zoe-as.html

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    1. Thank you Lizzie, it is my belief that imagination and creativity should always be nurtured, this can be done while still maintaining control of the classroom. He made a child's day, rather than sending one home with a reprimand... and that child surely grew up to remember.

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  4. Story well done...but not like any of my teachers!

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    1. Not like the great majority of mine back then either Joe, but every now and then one came along that understood kids and made learning fun!

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  5. Great story. I had a teacher like this one. He was strict, but also realized we were just kids cooped up over 7 hours a day. Great idea for a story.

    barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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    1. You were blessed, Barbara. It is possible to maintain order in a classroom and still have a little bit of leeway for active little minds. Mine used to wander a bit too!

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  6. Along with teachers like this, let's hope there are still a few students around (like these) who appreciate them!

    Nice story!

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    1. Truer words never spoken, KR, an awful lot of kids have the entitlement mentality today, but I just know there are one or two in each class who appreciate a teacher who makes learning fun. I'm thinking most of us could name at least one that stood out above all those other meanies! :-)

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  7. Clever teacher! Clever five sentences.

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    1. Thank you Patricia! Yes, I think this situation was well-handled, and I'm suspecting that future in-room flights might meet more serious consequences. It's all about setting limits without being unnecessarily harsh or crushing young spirits. Balance!

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  8. What a wonderful story. This is clearly a person who was meant to be a teacher.

    (Love all your cat photos!)

    http://injaynesworld.blogspot.com/2013/07/injaynesworld-its-nature-of-flight.html

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    1. I think so too Jayne, it's not an easy job - far harder than it used to be, I think you've got to love it, and love the kids themselves, in order to do it well despite the administrative obstacles!

      Glad you like my furkid pix, I would be a crazy cat lady for sure if the more rational thoughts of Papa Bear didn't prevail! :-)

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