Today started out dubiously with frustration and nerves and sadness and disappointment. You know the days, the ones where you just want to throw in the towel and go home. If only.
But then, a goose showed up outside of my classroom. Yes, a goose. There is an episode of The Simpsons where a dog is outside of the classroom and the kids all plaster up against the windows to watch a dog. It's funny, because it's so very true. My students will often get distracted by a squirrel, so the arrival of a goose sitting on several inches of freshly fallen snow is a surefire bet that teaching will be a battle.
Although the goose once stood up to angrily flap its wings, like The Raven, the goose was sitting, sitting, never flitting outside my classroom window. This prompted my students to theorize that it was injured or perhaps nesting (in the middle of a snowy field). They came running back from lunch to see that, yes, the goose was still there. It was all I could do to keep them away from the windows, so imagine when during 8th hour, a police car showed up and a policeman and our principal accosted the goose. Disproving the theories that it was injured, the goose almost immediately took off in flight. Satisfied, they adjourned over near the police car... except that to my students' hilarity, the goose had merely circled around and landed behind them. Goose: 1 Humans: 0. A second attempt to shoo away the goose resulted in the same and a third attempt involved the goose actually strolling next to the policeman, then lazily flying some ten feet away and landing back where we started.
At this point, they gave up on the goose, who strutted around then settled back in the snow. During our prep, a coworker went outside and at this point, the goose was entirely unphased by human interaction.
As I left school tonight my principal was standing guard over the goose, lest any kids decide to harass it, and the goose was still claiming his territory. Although I was initially pretty annoyed by the goose, by the end of the day and the laughs he gave us, the goose is kind of my hero. I'm thinking that perhaps we can claim him as a student to receive extra funding.