It was 3rd period, which is just after snack. Snack was extended today (long story), so they had had a break of nearly a half hour.
On Monday, Jake just had to use the restroom right away. As he had had all of snack to do that, I wasn't feeling like his need had to be all that dire. Sure enough, after 10 minutes of class elapsed and I gave him a pass, he was no longer in a hurry to leave. He finished up the problem he was on before going.
Today, the first thing he said to me was, "The bathrooms were locked, so I couldn't...do cocaine."
I've been waiting for an excuse to write about Jake. The last time I had him in a class, that class was opportunity. Last year, he aged out (turned 16) and was admitted to the continuation high school proper. (Two posts where he's mentioned: Chasing a Raccoon and The Ringleader.)
Problem was, Jake hasn't done anything particularly post-worthy. He started flirting with a girl. She moved to sit next to him. The instructional assistant caught them and moved the girl back. End of story.
It's been like that all week. Just when I think he's going to do something that'll make a good blog post, he doesn't. He picks the responsible student option. And he does his work. Quietly.
I heard that once the opportunity students mainstream back into regular classes, they lose some of their attitude. It's nice to see that this is true.