I Will be Avoiding the Podium

My classroom is decidedly nice and easy to find. I visited it today, four days before classes begin, and found 20 matching chair/desk combinations on a lightly stained rug and a newly painted green accent wall along the back. There is a strategically placed clock and a TV and DVD player, and a view of some trees and the library. At the front sits a podium, though as I stood behind it and placed my hands on either side, looking out at the empty seats, I stopped being able to breathe, and so I left.

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