Thursday, January 21, 2016
French 2. 4th period. Two students had a test to finish that I was told they started on Monday. (It was Thursday.) The test was worth 200-something points. That's a lot.
The boys sat next to each other. That made me uneasy, so I insisted they sit apart. Adam took a chair over in the corner. Arturo remained where he was. Good enough.
Adam got working, and while I kept an eye on him, I left him completely alone.
Arturo fiddled with his phone. I reminded him he had a test to finish. Instead of getting to the test, he started talking to the girl sitting next to him. When I heard him ask her a question, I pounced.
He claimed that their teacher lets them discuss their tests... After a couple questions this excuse fell apart. (I said something about talking during the test, so he amended to say that they could discuss towards the end. But then I poked that one, and he gave up trying to convince me.)
Since I couldn't trust Arturo where he was sitting, I insisted he find a more isolated seat.
And then again, he was playing on his phone.
I offered to "watch" his phone so he would no longer be tempted by it. He put it aside...
And he finished his test two minutes after this.
How much more quickly would he have finished without all the previous distractions? I wonder...
Sometimes, I have to be the pest. I think that's somewhere in my job description.