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Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Teacher




Former Infantry Sergeant having served his time with the Marine Corps took a new job as a school teacher.

Just before the school year started he injured his back. He was required
to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. Fortunately,
the cast fit under his shirt and wasn't even noticeable.

On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest
students in the school.

The smart aleck punks having already heard the new teacher was a former
Marine were leery of him and decided to see how tough he really was
before trying any pranks.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the
window wide and sat down at his desk.

When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took a stapler and stapled
the tie to his chest.

He had no trouble with discipline that year...

Hat tip to Jimmy M!

That reminds me of when I was an Instructor for a time during my Naval Aviation days. To get the class's attention I would take a small needle, but with some length, and slide it into the border of the chalk board. (Yes, in those days we had chalk.)

On the first day of a new class, after they were seated, I would go to the board and draw a large nail extending from the needle. I would then take my hat and hang it on the needle, which couldn't be seen by the students as it was now completely hidden.

I would then turn and say, "My chalk. My chalkboard. Any questions?"

Kinda set the tone.

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