Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ditching to PE

It was Friday at the continuation high school. Fridays are even more laid back than the rest of the week. The students expect to do little to nothing...

(Well, many of the students do little to nothing on a regular basis. It's how they ended up at the continuation high school in the first place. If they were more academically inclined, they wouldn't be in the position of making up the credits that they should have gotten in classes they already took.)

Basically, most of the teachers reserve Fridays as the makeup day. That is, the students have the day to finish any work they didn't complete during the week. But, of course, when there's a sub, they all claim to have finished the assignments.

So, it was 4th period, and one of the other classes on campus that period is PE. (I was covering the science class.) Mr. K lets students join his PE class on Fridays sometimes, so when a couple students asked if they could join his class, I said they could. Provided that Mr. K didn't mind them being there.

Five minutes later, Mr. K returned the students to class. Well, that's pretty clear to me. They weren't welcome. So, I told them to stay in class, and I passed out their extra credit assignment.

But three boys weren't having it.

"I've got to...um...see my counselor..."

And he left before I could tell him no. Because that ploy wasn't very obvious.

I went through and did a head count against my roll call. I was missing three students. Sure enough, they had somehow gone back to PE...

Really? They don't think I'll notice?

(Although, if I had managed to keep them in class, they probably would have spent the period being difficult. That's what usually happens.)

10 comments:

  1. I suppose they really don't want to pass high school, eh?

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  2. I commend you in having to deal with these types of students every day. I would want to hurt them..no not really, but I would want to make their lives difficult

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  3. I've never met a student who ditches class to go to PE. What a bizarre world you live in.

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  4. I would imagine Fridays are the hardest days to be a sub, no matter what class you might find yourself into. Everyone is itching for the day to be over to start weekend fun.

    betty

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  5. My kids are younger. They ask me to go to the toilet the minute I set work. Then if I say no they start jiggling as though they're busting. It's a hard decision sometimes because I wouldn't want them to 'have an accident' but I hate that they think they've fooled me. I understand your frustration.

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    1. Oh, I get the restroom pass requests, too. That doesn't stop as they get older.

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  6. I am constantly amazed by the shenanigans your kids get up to compared to how things were when I was in school.

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  7. My son does the same thing Pinky's kids do - time to clear the table or unload the dishwasher...he has to use the restroom ... MY FOOT! I can't imagine what school must be like for teachers today. My son is going to be a Sophomore and some of the stories he tells make me cringe. You are such a good soul!

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, restroom pass requests are a huge part of my job.

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  8. It's so strange to me that someone would ditch class to go to PE. I used to always ditch PE with my best friend in 9th grade. It's funny cause my dad just mentioned today that she came in first for women in her age group in the Grandma's marathon this year.

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