Embarrassing moment

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  1. maebowler

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    I work in a 4th grade classroom in the afternoon as a paraprofessional. This afternoon the teacher was asking the students if they knew when the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. I was moving around the classroom getting my students homework ready. I hear the teacher saying nobody knows when the Mayflower landed. Then I hear Miss E. do you know when they landed? Of course I don't. I just sat there and was like I was hoping you weren't going to ask me. Talk about on the spot. I know I should know and I may have if I thought about it for a while, but I was trying to get the homework ready to go. Poor excuse I know, but how embarrassing and stupid I felt.
     
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    OOPS, I don't know! Right before winter?! Lol.
     
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    Being a Canadian teaching Soc. Studies in the US is hard. I also do not have any textbooks. I tend to depend on my parapros for answers but I let them know ahead of time :). I also have an internet site ready for those questions neither of us have answers for.
     
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    My teacher will glance at me and raise her eyebrow like she is gonna ask and I will shake my head no and she doesn't ask. HAHA. OR she might say "do you have something to add." If I was in the middle of homework though, I might have been a bit thrown off. BTW, what was the answer?
     
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    I'll ask my parapro and get back to you tomorrow:).
     
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    The answer was 1620. The teacher knew the answer. He was just upset that nobody knew the date. They are in 4th grade. I was a little surprised, but also wasn't paying that much attention. I should have been lucky that I even knew the question.
     
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    Look on the bright side. At least you can spell embarrassing.
     
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    Yeah, I think it was in June or July? of 1620.

    Definitely an embarrassing moment, but we've all had them. There have been many times I've been asked questions by colleagues or students and had to say, "You know, I don't know off the top of my head..." ;)
     
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    Hey, it's okay. I bet most people wouldn't know either if they were put on the spot.
     
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    I always come back with..."I'm not sure, but I know where to look it up and FIND the answer." It's a great way to look HUMAN in front of our students and teach them how to use different reference sources.
     
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    I had to look it up in my social studies manual. They left England on Sept. 16, 1620 and landed sometime in November. It doesn't give a specific date though.
     
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    This came from the Plymouth Plantation website.

    November 11, 1620
    The Mayflower anchors in Provincetown Harbor, the passengers having decided to settle in New England.
     
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    I have a relative from 13 genrations ago that was actually on the Mayflower and I didn't even know. I knew it was early 1600s, though. =P
     
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    Me too! I had several relatives come over, My relative (John Howland) fell off the boat and was rescued, he met (while on the voyage) and married (after landing)my great etc.....grandmother,
     
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    I also have relatives that came over on the Mayflower. One of them was one of the people who signed the Mayflower Compact and then died that first winter in Plymouth.
     
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    I hate embarrassment, it's really such an obnoxius feeling to experience, especially in class. My experience is that when teachers experience embassment, the class tries hard to not realise that the teacher did something embarrassing. Like, when a teacher squeaks, the class starts talking about something else or we make an effort to ask questions about work. Just something to try and take their mind off what happens.

    And if it makes you feel better, I dont even know what "mayflower" is

    :)
     
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    The Mayflower is the ship that the English settlers (Pilgrims) sailed on to America in 1620 before landing in Massachusetts and starting the first colony there (Plymouth).
     
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    For more on this topic than almost anyone can stand, try reading the recent book, "The Mayflower." It was good!
     
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    Actually it wan't the first colony. It was the second colony in America, first in New England. Jamestown in Virginia was the first permanent colony.

    I once nearly fainted in a seventh grade class while practice teaching a lesson. The classroom teacher had to walk/drag me down the hall to the nurses office. Talk about embarassing!
     
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    I said it was the first colony there, meaning that Plymouth was the first colony in Massachusetts (or New England for that matter). I can see how it could have been read wrong, though.

    Don't worry. I'm well aware of Jamestown. ;)
     
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    This is why I teach preschool... LOL I can't remember a lot of dates in history and all those names. I have enough trouble remembering my students' names, especially if the kids look alike!! LOL
    I just gotta remember how to count to 10, my ABC's, colors, shapes, etc. LOL!!
     
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    I wouldn't be so sure about preschool being easy...I had a student ask me last week whether there were butterflies on Noah's Ark...hmmm....
     
  24. cutNglue

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    Yes, 2 of every animal, so I imagine God thought of butterflies too. I wasn't there though. God is wonderful!
     
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    Actually, there is a commentary on the bible that says that not all insects were on the ark...how do you explain commentaries to 3 year olds?
     
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    You don't. You tell them, you imagine beautiful butterflies being there. They might have been, but he/she can ask God when he/she sees God one day. And that was a FABULOUS question. Great thinking (name)!
     

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