Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Stench


It happens in middle school classrooms with alarming regularity. Someone farted.

You know how you react when that happens in your vicinity? Multiply that by a factor of 13-year-old hormones.

Also, this class was on warning. This was a Monday. On Friday with the previous well-respected sub, they had been so unruly that two teachers on opposite sides of the hall could hear the class. With their doors closed.

Yeah, so a smelly event was the last thing this group needed.

I had the usual loud complaints. The two students who had to jump out of their seats and flee. One girl even went outside. And recriminations at the culprit.

At least that boy was sitting near a door. We opened that. The air conditioning was on, so we had air flow.

Still, getting them to settle back down...

Middle school. Always an adventure.

29 comments:

  1. And some teachers enjoy teaching that age group :)

    betty

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    1. Amazing individuals. Of course, the kiddos do act up for the sub.

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  2. I agree with Alex. Ugh. Thank you for prevailing and helping shape these young lives. Good teachers are never forgotten. Be well!

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    1. I'm like the auntie. I get them for one day and then I get to pass them back off to their teacher.

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  3. Silent but deadly! That's the last thing you need in a potentially unruly class. Must admit, it made me smile, though. Just a little bit...

    That's Purrfect

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  4. I am so, so glad I'm not in middle school anymore. Or high school, because really, that's not much better.

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  5. Oh the joys of farts when you're a tween. :p

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  6. I remember middle school and the guys would fart and think it's hilarious *shakes head*

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    1. Boys. And they don't really grow out of it. They just learn to hide it better.

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  7. Now you got me wondering when they start to use the term "Middle School" both of my son went to "Middle School" and I went to a JR high. And both place had there issues.
    Coffee is on

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    1. There was a transition some time from when we got out of school until your sons started. Not sure when it was. Besides, it varied depending on where you live.

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  8. It doesn't take much to set off a fart riot. Bean burrito day at lunch cafeteria made it worse. PE was salvation.

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  9. I have never understood why farting can bring about so much chaos.

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    1. It's the age. They have to really react to everything.

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  10. Gah! I know exactly what you mean. It's usually a boy. They have no shame either.

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  11. Middle school -- not a pleasant time in general.

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  12. I'm dying! But I'd be lying if I didn't say this wasn't still a thing in our fully adult household. Especially on car trips - it becomes more like an act of war ;-)

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  13. ohmygoodness! That's hilarious. I know it probably wasn't fun for you to handle, but it sounds like you did a good job. That poor kid that dealt. It's probably going to be weeks before he hears the end of it!

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    1. Nah. I'm sure he was proud of his "accomplishment".

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  14. Sometimes the farts smell better than the sweaty pits after a lunchtime mellee. just saying.

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    1. That's kinda a close call. Both are pretty gross to me.

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  15. Farting usually brings out the best in people.
    Always makes ME laugh, anyway.

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  16. These same boys will grow up...and still fart and think it's funny hence that gum commercial with 2 grown men doing fart sounds with their arm pits

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