8th graders can be difficult. They will get up repeatedly to sharpen their pencils, throw away trash, or get tissue. They'll make up excuses to walk across the room--they need to discuss an assignment with a classmate or they need a pencil or they need paper. Sometimes I have to resort to draconian measures to get them to stay in their seats.
I thought it was only me.
(I've had days where the tissue runs out. Early. Because the students get multiple tissues throughout the period.)
Of course, a few students in first period started looking for the tissue early on. I mentioned that the tissues had been removed, and that's when they recalled that their teacher had told them this.
"You know, you can buy those little packs of tissues to carry in your backpacks for when you're in this class," I told them.
"But why buy tissue when you can get it in class for free?" a student asked me.
Later that day, I had to remove the pencil sharpener. Well, if there's no tissue, the students need some excuse to get up...
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