Friday, August 5, 2016

Mass Exodus


It was the last day of summer school. The entirety of the lesson plan was a "final" (the final three chapter tests), and then they got to watch a video.

The class was four hours. The final took maybe an hour. With a half hour of preliminary stuff, some study time, and correcting the finals after (they swapped papers, and I called out the answers), they had a little over two hours remaining.

They wanted to know if they had to come back after the break.

I can totally see their point. They were done. But, legally, they were in that class, and I was responsible for them for the time until the class dismissed.

I'm not sure how the conversation got around to it, but they found the loophole. No, they couldn't just leave (I would inform the office that they'd cut). I couldn't dismiss them (we were all there until the end of class). But if a parent checked them out...

After we got back from the break, I did a head count. They all returned. Then the phone rang. Could I send a student to the office as she was leaving?

Two minutes later, another call.

By the fifth call, the secretary was very apologetic. She didn't need to be. I knew exactly what happened. They'd called their parents, and someone came to check them out.

Well, they were done...

And it was better for me, as several of my worst cases went home early. Like "Eddie Haskell". It made the rest of the day go so much more calmly.

The rest of them got dismissed at the normal time. 11:45 AM.

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  1. You have to kind if admire them for thinking of this and then actually going through with it :)
    Debbie

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    1. I think I kinda hinted at this option...

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  2. The more the students got checked out, the better for you. :)

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  3. Hehe, I like the effort they went to in order to leave early.

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    1. Yeah, well, that was their only "legal" option. I'm just surprised no one went for the ditch.

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  4. I totally did that without asking the teacher first when I was in HS. Multiple times. My husband and I (before we were married) even went to the school next door where my friend's mom worked and asked if my mom could call and check her daughter out so that we could all go have Mexican for lunch. lol. She said yes! :) It was so much fun! I'm sure the front office thought that there were a lot of kids with "dentist appointments" that day. lol.

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    1. Yeah, I think that's how that went...

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  5. Some things just don't make sense.
    Coffee is on

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  6. lol wow smart kids. Hope you got to leave early too :P

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    1. But, you see, I was paid for being there. I didn't mind it so much.

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  7. Well, if you have nothing left to do you might as well get to leave. It would be so boring to have to sit around for two hours.

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  8. I so would have done that. I wouldn't want my kids to sit around, wasting their time.

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    1. So, you would have been one of the parents to come and pick your kiddos up? Okay.

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  9. Good for you! I am amazed that parents are so quick to get them out of school. But if they were done, I guess no big deal!

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    1. Those parents that were available, that is. Not all were. And yeah, they were done.

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  10. LOL, well, it made life easier for you! But yeah, I'm surprised parents went along with that. My mom would have said, "No, you stay there until school is dismissed!" Parents aren't doing their kids any favors these days...it's why some of the people coming into the workforce are such spoiled brats.

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    1. I think it depends on the situation. In this case I can't blame them. It's picking up the kiddos anytime that I'd take issue with. (And keep in mind, of the 39 students in the nine days I covered the class, I had a total of 3 absences.)

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  11. You are so amazing. I really do admire your devotion to your students and, also, that you find them amusing at times.

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    1. I wouldn't call it devotion. Not at all.

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  12. I was surprised that many of the parents went along with it. But, better for you. In my day (I sound like an old geezer, don't I) my father would have made me stay to the end. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. No one has any patience anymore, I think. It was a hot day and the room was air conditioned. I think I'd have rather stayed.

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  13. Does that mean you are on knitting duty til the new school year? Hope you are enjoying the sunshine.

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    1. Summer school ends. The continuation high school begins.

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  14. Nice of you to hint at this other option. It worked out for them and for you.

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    1. I couldn't have them just ditching...

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  15. I can so see my son when he was in high school texting me and asking me to get him out of class early and I can see myself doing the same since it was the last day of the class. Legitimately they did it though :)

    betty

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  16. Oh how sad some of the handfuls loopholed. Ha! Can't believe summer is already over!

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  17. Well, the kids were done and would have Tostitos there for 2 hours doing nothing....I have to say if I was a kid and my mom came to get me, I would be happy.

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  18. How convenient - they found the loophole.

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  19. I can't help remembering how many times I skipped class my final year of high school. Able to graduate early, I was not allowed by my father. Now I presume he didn't want to acknowledge my young adulthood. As a result I'd just sleep in or leave early and fake passes if I couldn't get a legitimate one. What a scamp I was. I'm much more law abiding now and don't feel jealous of the legal and technological restrictions kids face today. Having a tracker on me would have really cramped my rebellious style. Be well! I really enjoy your blog.

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    1. Thanks. I'm sure many of these students will have similar travails when they are seniors.

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