Today I covered a graphic arts class. The teacher left them book work.
This is usual for shop-type classes. Because of the specialized equipment, teachers don't let the students do their usual projects when there's a sub supervising. (This class gets to do all the interesting arty stuff like silk screening t-shirts.) I wouldn't know what to look out for. Besides, when students have a sub, they can't be counted on to use their best judgment.
The students did not want to do the book work. But middle schoolers can't be trusted to do nothing all period, so I insisted.
I had the first group leave the books out on the students' tables. So, during 5th period when table 3 told me that they didn't have any books, I was momentarily thrown. Before I started to look around the room for some more books, however, I noticed that there was a stack of books...on the lap of one of the students.
The rest of the table acted as if they were shocked. Yeah, I wasn't buying it.
What perplexes me is why. Did they think that if they didn't have books, I wouldn't make them do the assignment?
They probably weren't thinking that far ahead. If they had, they would have hidden the books better.
At least it made for an entertaining anecdote in my note to their teacher.