Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Finally the End

Three-day weekends aren't a good idea at the continuation high school. First period, a girl walked in and informed me that she wasn't going to be able to do any work today. Why? She was hung over.

Good thing the lesson plan was a video.

They were finishing up The Outsiders. As luck would have it, I was their sub when they started the movie a couple weeks ago. (They've been reading the book in class.) It was nice for me. I finally got to see the end! This is a rare occurrence.

Because the movie wasn't going to take all period, they had time to finish a previous assignment afterwards. I warned them about this before starting the movie.

As it was on DVD, I started the movie in the chapter just before they left off last time. I expected complaints about having to watch some stuff over. I got only one.

It was second period. One student insisted that he had not seen the part I started at. He claimed that he had not seen when the two characters got haircuts--five chapters previous.

I knew he was lying. I also knew what he was up to. If he got me back far enough, they wouldn't have time to do any writing-type work.

I would have done it, but I wanted to make sure that we got to the end today, and I didn't want to take any chances. Maybe that's too nice of me, but I didn't have to battle them today. I tend to be nicer when I don't have to battle them.

As it was, they had less than 15 minutes of book work time. And they got an excellent note.


  1. I just made the same hangover excuse to my students the other day!

    Ha - students try to get me to go farther back when I show a DVD, and I'm their teacher. Such scammers!

    Glad your class went well. And that you got to see the end of the movie.

  2. It's so interesting, isn't it?--students and their desire to be or not be there... I'm guessing continuation high school is high school course work for students who didn't graduate on time? It seems like students who knew they had messed up the first round would know they had to LEARN THE MATERIAL which includes all of it--not just the fun stuff.

  3. You have courage to be a sub for a high school. I tried subbing once and hated it...hated the kids, etc. What a bunch of jerks.

  4. Hi, Fellow Crusader!

    Yes, high school students are scammers--and they're bad at it! Glad I'm not one anymore, lol.

  5. Stopping by to say hello and follow from the crusade. And it wasn't too nice of you. =)

  6. Ah! The joys of teaching! Greetings from a fellow crusader.

  7. Hey fellow crusader, I'm finally making it over here. Nice to meet you. I think I would hate subbing for High School.

    Loved the Outsiders though. Looking forward to getting to know you.

  8. I just saw that we're in the same crusade group. Yey!

  9. Isn't being a teacher today difficult? I hear so many stories about difficult parents and students.

    You commented just now on my post that you don't post about your writing. It HAS all been said about writing. But personal experience, such as your post here, always interests me. I will come back and back to bloggers who are "personal." I like this very much.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Ann Best, Author @ Long Journey Home

  10. Hi, Liz,

    I hopped over from the crusader's list to introduce myself an follow.

    It's nice to meet you.

    Tomorrow is our first challenge... It should be cool.



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