Have you ever taken a drink of water and had it go down wrong? (I do this frequently enough that those who know me no longer react to the resulting coughing fit.)
Biology. They had a 22 question vocabulary quiz.
I gave them five minutes to "study". Then, I passed out the quizzes. The room fell silent.
I took a sip from my water bottle...
There's nothing quite like a coughing fit when you're trying to be quiet. Not only couldn't I catch my breath, I was in a silent room. With a captive audience.
Trying to take a quiz.
Just when I thought I was okay, I took another deep breath... And the coughing started up again.
I should have stepped outside. But they were taking a quiz. And I was supposed to be watching them to make sure they weren't cheating (or worse, talking).
Finally, in desperation, I pulled out a cough drop.
A student had the same idea. She went into her backpack to find one for me. (By that time I was sucking on my own. It was still thoughtful.)
I felt so awful. I didn't want to distract them. And yet...
Ah well. That's what I get for trying to stay hydrated.