Friday, February 26, 2016
Not Going to React
Graphic arts class at the continuation high school. It was the last day to finish their current project. I had taken roll and was strolling around, doing my usual checking in on the students.
I stood over one boy. He had a box cutter in his hand. He was playing with the thing that pushed the blade out and pulled it back in.
I asked him what he was doing. He claimed that it was his box cutter and that he had brought it from home.
But he hadn't. Earlier in the day, I had noticed the box cutter sitting on a table in the middle of the room. I figured it was needed for various projects, so I had let it be. I didn't think I needed to hide the thing.
I think the boy was looking for some sort of reaction. A box cutter could be considered a weapon, and I could have gotten the administration of the school involved. It could have gotten ugly.
But I knew the box cutter wasn't his. So instead, I told him I knew where he had gotten it, and he needed to put it back.
He did. And that was that.
I don't think they think sometimes. Or perhaps they want to scare the sub. I've learned to underreact to things. It diffuses many a situation.
Some weeks I have so many good subbing stories, there is no way to get them all down. And then there are weeks like this one. A week where I have three days of 8th graders...who behaved. I mean, seriously? I ask a class of 8th graders to work silently, and they do? It made for a good week for me personally, but the blog... Ah well.