Thursday, August 13, 2015

Restraining Order


For #ThrowbackThursday, I'm sharing a post from 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 as 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.

20 comments:

  1. LOL with the restraining order; someone was watching too many police shows I think!

    betty

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    1. One of the more clever excuses, that's for sure.

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  2. They will come up with anything, won't they?

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    1. Yes, and when they're really clever I get to use them on the blog.

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  3. A restraining order? Sounds like he need a restraining order!

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  4. You have to give it to him for creativity, as crazy as that is for a youngster. Wonder if there were issues in the family and the term 'restraining order' was thrown around. Kids are such great imitators.

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  5. Ooh...but what if that fourth boy had been a ghost. That's the writer in me saying that, isn't it? "We don't see anyone sitting there, Miss Arundel!"

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  6. A restraining order! Well, that's a new one.

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  7. Hilarious! Of course, every now and then one of my grown kids comes up with an equally implausible story *sigh*.

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    1. Implausible is good. It means that we can detect the lie easily.

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  8. Restraining order?? Hahahaaaa That's a good one! Poor girl with the glasses. Hopefully she is not too sensitive

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  9. And he knows the terminology. LOL.

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  10. Hehe, that would be a really bizarre restraining order. "You're not allowed to go within five feet of him!"

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    1. I know. And with a classmate... I'd think that one of them would have to be removed from the school if such a thing had to be instituted.

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