Thursday, March 15, 2018

One Day in a Classroom

 I used to teach English as a foreign language in high schools in Japan. One of the most embarrassing moments as a teacher is when I couldn't stop giggling in front of the class for more than ten minutes.
I was working with an assistant teacher from Canada, who made a funny comment on a picture of a man in the textbook. I don't remember what exactly he said, but somehow it triggered my uncontrollable laughter. Trying to suppress it in vain,  I found myself walking up to the window and hiding myself behind a thin white cotton curtain. The harder I tried to control myself, the more giggles welled up.

Six Sentence Stories
 the cue : curtain


  1. This was great! As I began reading, I thought I was reading your intro. Your 6 flows along in such a pleasant, conversational manner. Then! duh, the light bulb :D Nicely done.
    btw, if a true story, was the laughter contagious? Did your students catch it? :)

  2. Oh, I've been there. In the most inopportune situations, the giggles hit and the harder you try to stop the more you giggle. The most embarrassing place it happened to me was in an uncle's funeral, with my sister. Totally irreverent in the venue. But memorable. You told a mice 6 sentence memoir.

  3. This happens. It's amazing how the thing laughed over may not be so funny, but the laughter feeds on itself. Well told, and it left me with a bit of a giggle, too.

  4. nice imagery.... the curtain-contained laughing woman...
    fun Six!

  5. I would have loved being a student in your classroom this day, it's fun to see our teachers as human, just like us. Whatever it was that struck you funny about the photo and comment, it made your day lighter, even if you were a bit embarrassed. I know a lot of people that get the giggles when they are nervous and then find it hard to suppress, even at funerals! It's good you had a curtain to hide behind for a moment while you tried to recover your composure. :-)

  6. What a fun and funny memory of teaching in Japan. I wonder if the students were as amused.