I was warned to watch out for this 5th period algebra class. So, I did as I was told and kept a closer eye on them. They were talkative, but they stayed in their seats. They appeared to be working on their assignment.
The conversations went off topic. There was a huge debate over Spongebob Squarepants. Somehow this turned in to a discussion about cartoons.
I also got several math related questions.
All in all, it was not a bad class. Not ideal, but not terrible.
The only issue I had was with a student who left to use the restroom without permission. Long story.
At the end of the period, the class asked if I had written any names down. As I had (the restroom kid), I said yes. Then they all wanted to know if it was their name I had written down.
I know this is evil of me, but I didn't answer. And they all got really, really paranoid.
The class informed me of the consequence for having name-in-note (Saturday detention). I admit, I had fun watching them squirm. Suddenly, everyone was sure they had done something note-worthy.
I wonder what they think they did. As I wasn't lecturing, I wasn't concerned with the talking they did. They weren't even very loud. It's not like they didn't do as they were asked.
Am I terrible? Should I have let them off the hook and told them their names weren't in the note?