Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Restraining Order

One more day to enter the cell phone stand giveaway. Seriously, there's like practically no entries. That means you've probably won this thing. If you enter.

Of course it's Tuesday and summer, so here's another one from the wayback machine. This originally appeared May 11, 2011.

It was second period. I was taking roll via my preferred method--using a seating chart. It was a science class (7th graders), so they were grouped into tables of four.

There were too many students at one of the corner tables. According to the seating chart there should have been three students sitting there. That group had an extra boy. So, I asked the boys their names to determine who was not where he was supposed to be.

The first boy I questioned was in the right seat. The second boy informed me that he was new. Earlier, I saw a name added to the roll sheet and the seating chart. Sure enough, this new boy did have an assigned seat--on the other side of the room.

I pointed out where he needed to go. He balked.

The boy explained that he couldn't sit at that table. The girl with the glasses was at that table. He had problems with her. He had taken out a restraining order, and she wasn't allowed within...and here's where he stalled. I guess it's a good thing that 7th graders aren't good at estimating distance.

The girl in question was minding her own business. She looked confused too.

Restraining order. I haven't heard that one before.

The boy moved to his assigned seat. The rest of the period I kept an eye on him. There was an issue with a tennis ball. Anyway, I'm glad I noticed the boy, because the boy he sat next to at first also had issues. I'm glad they were as far apart as they could possibly be in that room.

I'm back with this group for two more days. At least I don't have period two tomorrow.

And here's where I'm scratching my head. I didn't have them the next day? Huh? But it was early May, so it was probably testing time. We must have been on some weird schedule. (Note to self: spell these things out in the posts.)


  1. Restraining order. That would've been a new one for me, too.

  2. LOL...you just HOPE he heard the term "restraining order" on TV and not at home...

  3. Isn't it interesting that the kids who have issues always seem to find each other? I used to joke and say if I put my son in a stadium with 50,000 people and there was one other problem child there, he would find that one, even if they were on opposite sides of the stadium when he began his hunt.

    LOL with the restraining order; got to give him an A for creativity to come up with that term.


  4. I'm curious about the tennis ball issue...

  5. I feel sorry for the girl with the glasses. Mean boy.

    1. I try to let the girl know in this situation that I don't believe a word the boy says. I nod and placate him and pretty much ignore who he claims is the problem, as I know the problem is him.


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