Is it unreasonable for me to require students not throw a ball around while inside a classroom?
Don't worry, that question is rhetorical (mostly).
It was after snack at the continuation high school on a Friday. Small group. Kick back assignment (video).
Someone found a small ball. It was about 3/4ths the size of a standard volleyball. And the students thought, "Wouldn't it be fun to throw this around at each other?"
They didn't understand why I would put a stop to their fun.
Rather than give the usual explanation, I went more personal. I explained that when things go flying in the classroom, I'm the one that gets hit. True story.
In various classrooms over the years, I've been hit by paper, pencils, erasers, rubber bands, and a book. (It was a math book. Long, ugly story.)
They knew of one pencil incident, so they knew I spoke the truth.
You'd think that the throwing thing would go without saying. Deep sigh.