Thursday, March 10, 2016
Hiding in the Bathroom
I think that many of the students at the continuation high school have a serious cell phone addiction. Well, it's either that or they just don't care to make even a pretense of abiding by the school rules. Perhaps it's both.
I was in the math class. One boy had his cell phone out, texting or something rather than doing the assigned work. So, I told him to put the cell phone away.
A few minutes later, I returned to him, and his cell phone was out again. I thought my warning was pretty clear--put the phone away and get to work. Apparently not. So, this time I made my warning abundantly clear. The next time I saw his cell phone, he was going to turn it into the office.
Sure enough, a few minutes after that, he was on his phone again. He'd been warned.
But no. Now he was going to "be good". He finally headed for his computer. He'd keep the phone put away.
Um, right. Sure. Because my previous two warnings were so well heeded.
We did the usual dance, with me informing him that he could take the phone to the office or I could call the office to come and get it. He finally left.
At one point, I had glanced down at the paper he'd been working on, so when I called the office to inform them that he was on his way, I gave that name. And was promptly informed by the class at large that that was not the boy's name. The boy I named was sitting right there.
So, what was his name? No one seemed to know.
I called the office back. The secretary told me that two boys had just diverted into the bathroom.
After a bunch of back and forth, we finally figured out the name of the boy I'd sent. But he still hadn't come out of the bathroom. The secretary sent someone in to get him. (This boy had just come out of the bathroom. He claimed that he had no idea if anyone else was in there.)
The boy had planned to hide in the bathroom, either for the rest of the period or until he figured he'd been in there long enough to convince me that he had given up his cell phone. Because that is what they do now. (Which is why we call the office to tell them that someone is coming to turn in a cell phone.)
If only they put this kind of effort into their schoolwork. See why I think some of them have a real addiction problem?