"Can I get a restroom pass?"
Restroom passes are tricky things. I'm never quite sure if they're just playing me because there's a sub or if they really need to go. However, this request annoyed me. Gabby asked right after the bell rang to start the period.
"Not right now."
I needed to get class started. I went through my usual introduction, and then I explained their assignment (history class--they were doing a timeline). I asked if there were any questions, and Gabby raised her hand. I knew what her question would be, so I avoided calling on her for as long as possible. My reply was the same as the first time.
I still had to take roll. I tried to get the class to settle. Two other students asked for restroom passes. I turned them down, too. Gabby asked me again, this time wanting to know when I would say yes. I think she asked me seven times in the first five minutes of class.
Now, I was ready to stall her as long as possible. I took my time with the roll. Then I counted heads. Twice. I had to make sure I had the count right.
That's when I got a fourth restroom pass request. This girl told me it was an emergency. I was ready to believe her, as she was bouncing up and down in her seat, looking like she was in pain.
I sat down at the teacher's desk and wrote a pass.
Gabby thought I had relented. She got out of her seat and came up to the front. I walked by Gabby and gave the pass to the second girl.
The class thought this was hysterical. One boy kept repeating that I just walked by Gabby as she had her hand out. Denied.
I didn't know why Gabby had come up at all. I hadn't told her yes yet. After the second girl got back, Gabby asked again, and this time I couldn't find a good reason to refuse her (retaliation isn't really a good reason).
Amazingly, I only had one more restroom pass request that period. I was relieved. I was waiting for this to turn into a battle with everyone wanting a chance to get out of class. (At a certain point, I stop letting students out, and then things can get ugly, depending.)