Today was day 3 in this class. They've had subs all week. It shows. So yesterday during the video 3rd period went wild.
At the end of the period a girl at the back of the classroom attracted my attention. She went and found paper towels. She was wiping something up. It appeared to be water. (It's a science classroom. There are working sinks.) As the students left class, I noticed one faucet still running water. I went back to turn it off only to find that the handle was completely broken off.
I looked about for a shut off valve. The pipes went into the wall. I couldn't find access. And with 4th period streaming in, I had to come up with a solution quickly. I called the office and asked them to send out a custodian. He arrived and easily found the shut off valve.
Okay, crisis averted, but who broke the faucet in the first place? I doubted that I'd find out. But I could narrow down the suspect list.
Today as I was making my opening remarks, I turned to the back of the room and said, "You broke the faucet? Seriously?"
And I actually got a reply: "Sorry. I went to wash my hands and the handle came off."
There was the culprit. No muss. No fuss. Easily identifiable. If I'd've known it'd be that easy...