Thursday, September 24, 2015
7th period math. They were just getting started on their computers when I noticed they weren't on their assigned computers. I informed them that they were to be in assigned seats.
"Why can't I sit here? All the computers are the same."
True. But teachers assign seats so students will work. Some students can't be trusted to sit next to friends. This is not what I said, however.
"You have assigned seats in this class. You need to be in your assigned seats."
"But Mr. F isn't here."
"This is still his class, so we'll abide by his rules."
And still he argued the point. I'm not sure why. I don't think I was wavering in my resolve. But I guess I seem like I'm open to debate. So, at this point I shut it down.
He reluctantly said he'd move. Said he had to shut down the computer...
Which is an old stalling tactic. Student says he's doing what was asked of him, but it's going to take a minute. I go deal with something else to give him time to comply. Five minutes later, he's still there, now entrenched, and the battle starts again. "You're serious? But you left. I'm doing well, so please let me be..."
The phone rang. Guess who they were calling for. He was being picked up at the main office and was going home for the day.
Saved by the call.
I got off the phone and told him he was leaving. His first reaction was to argue--he thought I was sending him out of class.
After he left, I went to shut down his computer. Had he even begun to log off? Nope. He was logging on, not off.
I'm so glad I didn't have to continue to fight that battle. I would have won, but it was nice not to have to put in the effort.