I'm not terribly good with names. That is, I'm not terribly good at coming up with a student's name when I see him somewhere. But give me a list of student names and a room full of students, and it jogs something.
I scanned the seating chart quickly as I took roll. I noted the seat was empty, but I remembered Aaron. And he was sitting on the other side of the room.
It was a class of seniors. They're about two weeks from graduation.
Aaron informed me I was reading the seating chart wrong. He said it was upside down or backwards or something. Funny, the rest of the students were where they should have been. Only Aaron's spot was wrong?
No matter. I let it slide rather than arguing. I made a quick note of this, also catching that the teacher had a note about Aaron's non-compliance with his instructions. Besides, the lesson was a silent one, so Aaron would have to work that period.
Aaron was the last to settle down and get to work. But he was the first one done. (I skimmed his essay. It was kind of weak.)
At least he's gained enough maturity not to disturb the other students. Either that, or the others were just ignoring him.