Did you know students still write each other notes? On paper? Yeah, it happens.
Normally, I don't care. If the students are writing notes, they're not talking. If the students are writing notes, they're not disrupting class. Usually.
But this was that one math class. And I needed every student to complete this one part of the assignment before I could release them to confer with the other students. And these two girls were writing notes rather than doing what I needed them to do. So, I took the note.
"You can't take that! That's mine."
I don't threaten to read them in class, either. If note writing becomes an issue, I inform them that I'll put it up on the social media phenom of the day. So, nowadays I threaten Instagram, although Snapchat would also scare them sufficiently.
And because I like to share, here's that note (since they used various colors of ink, I'll try to replicate)...
I don't like the way I am with [student's name redacted]!
Why, what u mean?
like, I want to be with him
it's the same s*** errday
we dont even talk alot.
Hes more like a friend
that I see around school.
Well talk to him about that
i can't do much.
IK. I'm jty. I dont want to have those "breakup" thoughts. And I feel like I annoy him a lot.
do you want me to talk to him or something & you wont.
What would you tell him tho?
i would tell him that he needs to make his girl happy
By Hanging out w/her 24/7. & Yea & more... ect
But I d
At which point I took the note away from her, not even letting her finish that last word. (Cruel, I know.)
I get why this was important to them. But, in my defense, they would have had time to discuss this later. If they had spent this time doing the assignment, they would have had plenty of time after to talk.
8th graders. It's all the end of the world to them.