Which One Are You?

The other day, I decided to sit down in one of the benches outside my classroom to take a little break from work and just observe what was going on outside. I spotted two students of mine already seated in one of the benches. I’ve known these students as very vocal about what they think; they are witty and really good in class. So I thought spending some time with them would be a good idea.

They saw me approaching them. I smiled and they smiled back. I was just observing how they were reacting… I can already see all the questions (What is he doing? Why is he approaching us? Did we do something?) popping out of their heads as they look at me intently waiting for me to say a word.


“Hello, Sir!” Both of them replied in chorus.

“How are things?”

One of them said, “Oh, we’re fine. Just reviewing for our Math test later.”

“I see.” I then sat with them. “I’m just here to relax a little bit. Hope you don’t mind having me around.”

“Oh no, not at all Sir.” Said the other one.

“Are you alright, Sir? You look tired.” (My eyes glared a little bit. She was up to something, and I could feel it.)

“I’m okay. I’ve just been really busy lately.”

“What about your assistant teacher, Sir?” (I told you she was up to something.)

“Oh, what about him?” I asked.

“Oh, nothing.” She smiled.

The other one (who was more confrontational) decided to speak up. “Oh, no one likes him. He acts as though he’s the Principal.”

“But what made you say that?”

She didn’t answer my question. Instead, she said, “Why do you allow him to be like that, Sir? You’re his boss. Show him that you’re the boss.”

The bell rang… so I smiled.

And they smiled back.


I know it was a good teaching moment, but had I only have the time, I would have shared my views to them. One of these days, I’ll catch up with them and continue what we’ve started. You see, this isn’t something I could explain to them in one or two sentences. They are not your “Yes Sir” or “Okay Sir” type of students.

As regards how I run my department, this is my guiding light. Now, you choose. Which one are you? 😉


*Got this photo from a friend’s post in Facebook before. Whoever created this, thank you.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lifethroughmyeyes
    Sep 21, 2013 @ 05:46:25

    Unfortunately there are more bosses around rather than Leaders in the corporate world!


    • mockingbird181984
      Sep 21, 2013 @ 05:54:29

      Agree!!! I overheard a friend (she’s also a boss) moaning about her current situation at work. She’s obviously unhappy. I sent her this… and she smiled.

      Of course there will be exceptions, but I’m sure this will help all the bosses in this world.

      Thanks by the way for dropping by TMiM! 🙂


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