Mrs. McCain – 3rd Grade

Mrs. Opal McCain, 3rd Grade

My grandmother was a third grade teacher.  This was way back in the day when teachers were respected by both parents & students.  Mrs. McCain ran a tight ship.  As you can see by her yearbook photo, she does NOT stand for ANY tomfoolery or horseplay.  However, she was loved by her student, the administration, and especially the parents.

If you got in trouble in her classroom, you could be sure that your parents would know before the end of the school day.  This was the time when people would say, “when I was in school, if I got in trouble I would also get in bigger trouble at home!”

I wish that were still true today.  As a school counselor I have seen so many parents be rude to teachers and accuse them of poor teaching.  It is a shame, and I am sure Mrs. Opal McCain would not stand for it!

So going through some of my grandmother’s old papers, I found this gem.

Look!  The parents took responsibility.  They talked with their child.  They worked out a solution and agreed to suffer the consequences!  Also, the parent recognized that the student was using his eyes as a “CRUTCH”!  She said, “he has to learn to live with it”.  WOW!


Dr. Poppy Moon is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified School Counselor. She teaches in the Counselor Education Department at the University of West Alabama. Dr. Moon has written and illustrated many guidance related books, including Breaking the Boy Code and The School With No Rules.
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