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My Lonely Little Lunch

I've spent the day alone today, just me and papers for grading. Alone I worked at my desk, what a mess, until all the grades had been entered. Then, alone again, or is it still, I commented on each student. Did they behave well, good enough, or were they a problem? The comments on their report cards will tell.

Once all that was done, I had to go through the process of saving and transmitting all the academic news, both good and bad, for the report card printer to print. Said grades and transmittal are the reasons I'm here, so alone on this teacher workday. My colleagues who got it all done, they stayed at home, and the one's like me have been cloistered in their own rooms doing the same sort of things.

Now that task is done and I'm here all alone eating my lonely little lunch. All up and down the hall no one answered my call as they'd all left in a bunch to go someplace to eat, lunch on a workday allows such a treat, but no one stopped by to ask me. Oh, woe, to be the only man here today. The ladies didn't think about me.

So I dine here alone in the vacant work room eating microwaved mini-sandwiches and chips. The chips are full sized, in case you're wondering. And the little sandwiches are pretty good.

This afternoon will be spent preparing lesson plans for next week. I wonder just how much realism I can incorporate into my lesson on the use of chemical warfare.

Image Credit » DW Davis

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Feisty56 wrote on October 23, 2015, 1:24 PM

I'm sorry the ladies neglected to ask you to lunch, but maybe they wanted to be catty and that wouldn't have been much fun for you. Chemical warfare? That ought to bring up some interesting discussions!

Rufuszen wrote on October 23, 2015, 2:30 PM

Realism in lesson on chemical warfare, is sarin in the budget!

markgraham wrote on October 23, 2015, 2:59 PM

Sorry you had to eat lunch all alone. That was my life for 15 years as a nurse. I was on the afternoon shift and there was no one to talk to for on those shifts there are few employees.
Chemical warfare= Could you show clips from WWII and Vietnam history movies.

WordChazer wrote on October 23, 2015, 5:20 PM

Given the North American body count on school deaths right now, I would advise to link back to real life to try and persuade YOUR students at least that it is possible to get through school without encountering a gunman or mad sword wielding maniac...

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 23, 2015, 8:21 PM

I don't know if it is so much they neglected me as they have their groups they usually go with, and since I'm new on the hall I'm not part of the seventh grade group, and my old sixth grade group probably figures I went with my new grade. Besides, I brought my lunch with me because I wasn't planning to go out. No hard feelings.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 23, 2015, 8:24 PM

The peace and quiet was a nice change from the cacophony of the school cafeteria I put up with on a normal school day.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 23, 2015, 8:28 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of a simulated agent, something that smells unpleasant but won't actually hurt anyone.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 23, 2015, 8:29 PM

I've actually found some video clips from WWI that include an actress reading a letter from a nurse at an Army hospital who was caring for a Canadian soldier who'd been gassed.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 23, 2015, 8:32 PM

If you listen to the BBC you will find the whole school attack problem isn't unique to the US. There was an attack overseas today where several were killed by a knife wielding maniac.

What I'm hoping is that the scenes and descriptions in the video clips I'm going to show them will convince them that violence is a horrible and deadly way to solve disagreements.

Feisty56 wrote on October 23, 2015, 8:52 PM

And if you'd gone out for lunch, you wouldn't have had time to write this post. : )

VinceSummers wrote on October 23, 2015, 9:18 PM

Those are mini-sandwiches?! They look like heart-clogger specials, and full-sized at that!

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 23, 2015, 9:32 PM

So sorry you had to eat alone. I dont know how real you can safely get with any kind of warfare.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 23, 2015, 9:50 PM

Very true, that!

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 23, 2015, 9:52 PM

Each was actually of a diameter just slightly greater than a silver dollar. If you look at the Pringles crisps in the photo you can get a better an idea of the scale.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 23, 2015, 9:53 PM

What I really hope to show the students is that violence in any form is the last refuge of the stubborn, foolish, or ignorant. And as we move from WWI to WWII I want them to see how WWI didn't really solve anything, it just set things up for the next World War.

CalmGemini wrote on October 23, 2015, 11:10 PM

Though you had a lonely lunch,you were able to finish your work and write this post.So over all not a bad day.

Paulie wrote on October 24, 2015, 2:35 AM

Maybe you could talk about the use of chemical warfare during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s. What kind of meat do you have in the sandwiches. I always dreaded marking a lot of papers and preparing report card grades.

VinceSummers wrote on October 24, 2015, 6:35 AM

Oh yes, I can see that now. As to Pringles, Guy... Well I don't know what to say about mashed potato chips! It's like the old McD's thing: where do they get those square fish from, anyway? Don't you think it's strange Pringles are all shaped alike? You need those Gibbles chips. They used to be (and maybe still are) cooked in Gen-U-Wine LARD. Praise the Lard! I loved 'em.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 24, 2015, 6:53 AM

When I was a wee lad we had Charle's Chips delivered to our door in a huge canister (at least it seemed huge to me at the time) and I don't know if they were cooked in lard but I've never had a better potato chip. As for the Pringles Crisps, I remember they lost a lawsuit sometime back and were forced to stop referring to their product as chips because they were mixed and molded rather than sliced and cooked.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 24, 2015, 6:54 AM

It was one of the most productive teacher workdays I can remember because I had no interruptions.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 24, 2015, 6:57 AM

That is an excellent suggestion. And I could also add to the discussion the suspected use by Assad in Syria during their current civil war.

The meat in the sandwiches was turkey and bacon with a slice of cheddar cheese. The rolls were whole wheat.

Rufuszen wrote on October 24, 2015, 8:49 AM

When we did this kind of thing in the RAF, they used riot gas. We always made sure our kit worked! emoticon :smile:

markgraham wrote on October 24, 2015, 9:43 AM

Could you possible show clips or maybe the whole movie if would be appropriate. "The Hiding Place" the movie about the Holocaust of WWII and Hitler's view of the world so to speak.

VinceSummers wrote on October 24, 2015, 7:43 PM

What do you know? There is a smidgen of justice in this world. It was similar with Jogging-in-a-Jug, which suggested their mixture of vinegar and apple juice was a healthy replacement for jogging.