Most teachers leave me seating charts. Some make notations.
It was 6th period. They were just arriving. One student claimed he didn't know where his seat was.
I asked for his name. "Elliot." I pointed out where Elliot sat. "Oh, there's really an Elliot in here?" Which meant his name wasn't Elliot. Then who was he? He was unwilling to say, so he leaned over and peeked at the seating chart.
"What does that circle mean?"
His name was circled. At the top of the page, also circled, was TROUBLE.
He wasn't supposed to see that. And he was offended.
He went on a little tirade. "But she likes me. She's my second mother. She says she likes teaching and she likes students and..."
Not five minutes later another student approached me. He said he needed a health office pass as he had a headache. (I believe him as he didn't look so good.) As I wrote his pass, he leaned over and peeked at the seating chart.
His name was circled, too. He was quicker figuring it out.
Here's the funny part: the seating chart had exactly two names circled for all the classes. Two. All day, I only had two students peek at the chart. The only two who should not have seen the notation.
And yes, they were as advertised.