Now that I'm out of the classroom and working as a behavior therapist, I'm able to utilize something I've always been good at: ignoring. It's in my job description to ignore. Never thought that would happen!
A kid is throwing a fit? Ignore.
Now they're waving their hands in your face? Ignore.
And then they start banging a toy on the table? Ignore.
I do a pretty decent amount of ignoring every day. And the fits and noises and banging of toys are easy to ignore. But let me tell you what's NOT easy to ignore: hilarious repetitive questions and statements. One of my new friends frequently engages in repetitive questions and statements. A lot. And they typically require me to turn my head for a second while I regain composure. On Friday we were working and all of a sudden he blurted out, "Friskies Seafood Sensations. Feed the Senses." And he said it just the same as the commercial. And I had to turn away. And then he repeated it 6 more times. And I had to turn away. Six. More. Times. Here's a snippet of the commercial, just in case you want the full effect.
Can you imagine having to ignore that? It was hard! I'm getting better at the whole no smiling or laughing thing. But I still have some work to do.
What's the funniest thing you've had to ignore in your classroom? Or the funniest thing you should have ignored, but couldn't control your laughter?