The choir teacher told me that more than half of his students would be with him at Six Flags. That meant that I had incredibly small classes. I had seven students one period and ten students each in two periods. The classes were so small that rather than call out the roll, I asked each student his/her name, and I marked them present accordingly.
So, I kept a running tally of students. By my calculations, 6th period I should have had four students.
The bell rang to dismiss 5th period. I waited. The first two minutes of passing I wasn't worried. The classroom was far from most of campus. But when the tardy bell rang and the room was still empty, I was shocked. No students? Really?
What is the protocol for such a thing? I waited ten minutes wondering if any student would wander in after being in another class (in an earlier period I got a call from another teacher who told me that he had one of my students finishing up a test, so this was possible). But no one ever came.
I probably could have checked out. I have left early when a teacher returns to school and tells me I can go. I have left early when a coach comes to school to coach his team. But I was stuck. This teacher's 1st period was a guitar ensemble, and I had promised to be around after school so the students could retrieve their guitars.
So, I waited. For nearly an hour.
It was after the bell when I started to worry. No one was there. Did I stick around all 6th period just to have no one pick up his/her guitar. Two minutes later, they all ambled in.
It's these easy days that balance out the horrible ones.