Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Need a Ticket


And this is it. The last one of the posts from that 8th grade science class. Since no one is around the blogosphere this week, I considered holding off. But, I did promise to have these finished by Christmas. So here it is. The last one...

Last week I mentioned that In-n-Out was catering lunch on the second day of this assignment. To get a burger (and chips, not fries), the students had to purchase a ticket. I learned of this from the 1st period T.A. She was selling tickets, and several students hit her up for them.

Wednesday. 4th period. Right before lunch.

"Can I go and buy an In-n-Out ticket?"

As in, she wanted to leave class to do this. When she had days to go and get a ticket.

"But if I don't buy a ticket, I can't get In-n-Out. Ms. O. would let me go..."

Maybe. Unlikely, but maybe. Still, she'd had days, and...

 Lack of Planning... 

She grumbled. "...Mom only gave me the money today..."

So, she waited until 4th period? When she could have gone before school. Or at snack. (Or asked any of her other teachers to let her go. Because I'm sure they would have let her *sarcasm*.) I had no sympathy.

But she was mad. She'd miss out. And it was my fault.

11 comments:

  1. Of course, it is always someone else's fault until they eventually realize they have to be accountable :)

    betty

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    1. It's the age, too. I don't think she realized that the world wasn't going to stop and help her out with this one.

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  2. Natural consequences. As a retired teacher, one of the things that I have noted over the years is that kids are not held accountable for their actions. Procrastinating is not a good way to solve problems. But the other thing is that it is never their fault. It is yours of course. I subbed for several years. It was a great experience, gave me a lot of confidence not to mention great ideas for my own class. But it is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks. I think part of it is 8th grade. At that age... They just don't think. She'll grow out of it. Probably.

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  3. Of course it's the mean ol' sub's fault and not hers for not planning ahead. She probably figured she'd do it during a class she didn't like so she could get away from it.

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  4. Liz,

    I have to agree with Betty (above).

    I want to wish you a Merry Chiristmas also and thank you for following my blog. You get a pat on the back from me for bloggong daily. I have no idea how you find the time to do that. It's interesting to see what's going on in the classroom these days. I'm not sure I'd have the patience to be a teacher, although I know it takes patience for dealing with people in general, probably more so with teens.

    Sunni

    Sorry, I removed my previous commwnt due to type-o's.

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    1. Blogging daily is easy--I schedule all my posts in advance.

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  5. The "lack of planning..." saying is one of my favorites. I used it frequently in my early days as a stepmom when the kids were testing their limits with me.

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  6. Aw, the poor little thing! I imagine now she will be scarred for life because she didn't get In-n-Out!! Good for you. Someone has to teach them consequences!!

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    1. She's probably over it by now. Hopefully, next time she'll plan a little better.

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