We are so much more than just teachers. I don't know if anyone knows just how many hats we wear in a days time? We're teachers, counselors, police, parents, and poop whisperers. What...you aren't a poop whisperer?? Well, in my 14 yrs....today was the first time I had that title. I was in the midst of teaching my 4th grade class when I heard a blood curdling scream. I wasn't too alarmed because we do have a few Life Skills students that are screamers. As it continued, I did not recognize the scream(teacher super power...being able to tell students apart by their scream). I poked my head out in the hall to see what was up. The screams were coming from the boy's bathroom across the hall from my room. I went in to see what was up(going into the 3rd & 4th boys bathroom should come with HazMat training!). One of our students was having some "bathroom issues". Lets just say some things were havin' a hard time comin' out. He was hysterical. At its worst...he yelled out..."I think its going to make another hole in me!!!" What do you do in a situation like that?!?!?! I've been trained in dealing with my wife delivering our child, suicide intervention, and CPR. Well...CPR wasn't going to help in this situation. The other two though...came in handy. I spoke calmly to him, and assured him that he was not going to have another hole at the end of this. I told him to take short breaths and try to focus on something else. I let him know that relaxing might help things "move along" a bit easier. I got him to calm down & finish his business(there is way much more to the discussion the two of us had..but I'll not go into those details!!! ha ha). He came up to me later and thanked me for helping him. I am the poop whisperer, but I'd rather not have a hat for that!!!!