"S-s-s Spider!": When A Lesson Becomes Reality! 

They say life imitates art but in this case, life imitates our phonics classroom. Read Courtney's story below!

Courtney lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys couponing, cooking, and cruising! She is a life-long learner and has an MBA and 150-hour TEFL Master Certification.
I teach the "S" phonics lesson at least once or twice a week. It's a favorite of mine because I love mimicking Koby's petrified reaction to the spider. Poor Koby, he is basically in tears and running for his life when he sees the 8-legged embodiment of terror!  It's always fun when the kids join in on the frantic waving and shrieks of, "Oh, no! SPIDER!" 

Have you ever taught a lesson that you can relate to? I mean, like REALLY relate to? When you teach the lesson, you say to yourself, "Yep, this has happened to me, too, Koby!" Well, the letter "S" lesson is that lesson for me. 

On Thursday, May 16th, I was teaching the PL1-30 summary to the sweetest Qkiddos ever, when out of the corner of my eye, what should appear? Koby's worst nightmare! A SPIDER! This wasn't just any spider, either. This was a large, fuzzy, tarantula-looking spider, and he was quickly repelling down from my desk lamp and onto my desk! 
The sheer panic, and desire to run and scream, was instant! I cannot explain how frightened I felt. What do I do? Do I alert the parents and CCT? Do I try to smoosh it with my index cards, or whack it with my action figure Spider-man? My eyes were darting from the lesson to the spider, like the fast swinging pendulum of a metronome! 

The spider touched down on my desk and quickly made his way behind my laptop. I watched him scurry down the lamp wire, towards the floor. "Please don't climb up my pants! Please don't climb up my headset chord!" Losing sight of him was just as terrifying as him staring at me directly in the face! Where did he go?

After several minutes of teaching (multi-tasked with frantic scanning of my desk area!!!), the spider was back on my desk. I slightly remember saying, "I'm so sorry, there's a spider on my desk!" and trying to swat him away. However, after my failed attempt at swatting, he jumped at me! JUMPED! How I didn't knock my desk over right then and there, I'll never understand. I taught with my chair rolled as far away from my desk as I could manage! It took me almost 30 minutes, over two class periods, to finally catch that spider. 
So now, whenever I teach the phonics lesson "S," I am not just reenacting Koby's fearful experience with spiders. I am also reenacting my own experience as well! 

My hope is that your teaching experience is full of fun and free of spiders! If you'd like to join our teaching community, please use my referral link: http://teacher.qkids.net/ref?code=OVYSZZ

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