I really, really wish 8th grade teachers wouldn't leave tests as part of their lesson plan. (Many times it doesn't go well.) Especially when the teacher admits that her classes aren't all that cooperative generally.
It was 6th period (naturally). For the most part the kiddos settled in. But there were these two boys...
Dallas and Andrew would not sit still. One of them told me he hadn't been in class for a couple days, so he couldn't take the test. The other was looking for any excuse to goof off.
Once we were under testing conditions (and this takes a bit of time, especially with 8th graders), I went about organizing the mess left over from 5th period. And things were going pretty well until Andrew started acting like he was the bass line in a rap song.
I gave him my stare. He settled. Then started up again.
I pulled out a referral form. Wrote: "Making beats sounds during a test". Handed it to him.
"I'm not Andrew. I'm Dallas."
Of course. Because Andrew and Dallas switched seats early on and were pretending to be one another.
Easy enough fix. Then Dallas told me (disrupting the testing class further, because he wasn't quiet about this): "That's a new one."
Yeah, new for me, too.
I got the class to settle by pulling out another referral form and asking the class who wanted to go next. Andrew volunteered. I said no, and we got back to it.
Then Andrew started making drops sounds. Most of the time when a student does this, he hides it from me. Not Andrew. So, out he went.
Things settled nicely after that.
Ah, the end of the year. So much fun.