Turns out the "group project" was for each 8th grade group to write a mini-musical.
One group was already finished. One group said that the one person who had all their stuff wasn't at school (naturally). One group was made up of students who had missed the day with the instructions, so they had no idea what to do.
So, naturally, the class was loud and not really all that on task. Most found something else to do.
Someone was flipping backpacks. After the second one got flipped, I kept my eyes peeled, but didn't catch the culprit trying it again.
One group kept shaking a cell phone. (I allowed the cell phones as they had to pick songs to go with their mini-musicals.) I went over to investigate. Did you know there's a Spin the Bottle app?
One student... Well, the quote was perfect as is, so I tweeted it...
#studentquote: I made a fatality on the cockroach. #subfilesAnd one student was so bored, he started "cleaning" the band room. He brought me all of his findings. He found two working pens, five pieces of pens, a drum stick, a tennis ball, and 8 cents. I let him keep the working pens (another student appropriated them from him) and the 8 cents (but he didn't want the change).
— Elizabeth Arundel (@ZiziRho) March 12, 2014
I suppose it could have been worse...