My Signature Boat Story

When I was teaching in the classroom  I didn’t impose rules.  I actually elicited from my students what they would need to help them learn effectively.  After reaching a full class consensus, we reduced the list  of procedures to  5 or 6.  We also determined consequences for failure to comply with what the students and teacher agreed upon.  To be expected, every one of my classes had their own tailor made lists of what was important to them.

However I did impose one incredibly harsh rule.

You see, at times young and healthy students tend to become loud and rambunctious. Surprised? Well you shouldn’t be!

To be on the offensive against this scourge, I devised the most strict and merciless rules in my arsenal. When they heard this terrifying rule, they shivered in fright in their boots.

Now that you have an inkling of the severity of this spine tingling rule, I will now proceed to share the rule, in the hope you can withstand it.

When I tell a story, if there dare be any preventable interruptions, I will stop the story in the middle. And, I will NEVER EVER finish the story. They may be in high school or beyond, and they may beg and plead to hear the climax of the story, but I will never tell it, for the rest of their lives.

An adjunct of this rule,was that nobody was allowed to yell at or otherwise embarrass the unfortunate soul who disturbed the story.

This rule was a sure fire way of quieting down a too loud class.

For my all time favorite story, stay tuned for the next post!


  1. Zev Singer · · Reply

    Now that I’m teaching, I understand what a great rule that is.

  2. Marge Kaplan · · Reply

    brilliant stategy


  3. I really enjoyed reading this. It is so awesome of you to share what worked for you in the classroom. These are really meaningful insights. I also can’t wait to hear the story you promise to share. I pray that you will again be able to teach in a classroom! Think of all the students who have missed out on having you as their teacher!

  4. Y Goldbaum · · Reply

    Can’t wait to hear the story! I PROMISE not to interrupt.

    1. Then I will tell it!

  5. Rivki Lederface · · Reply

    If I talk while reading your upcoming story, may I continue reading until the end, or must I stop and never know the ending?

    1. you must immediately stop where you are and never know the rest!

  6. Rivki Lederface · · Reply

    A simile is like a metaphor.

  7. This is a great strategy indeed!

    In an obtuse way, it reminds me of a joke: A Rabbi once told a woman that her child was disruptive during his sermon. She said she would take care of it. From that point on the kid was quiet as a mouse. The Rabbi asked her how she did it. She replied, “I told my child, ‘If you disrupt the Rabbi’s sermon, he’ll have to start all over from the beginning’.”

    Baruch Lederman

    1. Ha! Ha! Good one, Rabbi.

  8. Rina Lederman · · Reply

    Now I know what to do if someone tells a really boring story.

    1. You got that right! Never fails!

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