Thursday, June 2, 2016
7th grade science. They had a "warm up" assignment, then they had a review packet to work on.
Instead of doing the warm up quietly, Liam did nothing. When my significant looks yielded no results, I asked him to get on task.
"How come you can talk?"
Right. So, now Liam's on my watch list...
When I passed out the assignment and Liam started whining, I knew how the rest of the period would progress. It was time to nip this in the bud. Luckily, the teacher had provided me with two classrooms to send unruly students out to.
I told Liam to take his assignment and go next door.
Oh no! He'd be good. Just one more chance...
No. Giving "one more chance" is a recipe for disaster. (I learned this one the hard way.) Once they've been given a consequence, not following through is the quickest way for me to lose the entire class.
But Liam wasn't going to budge. Until I informed him that his only other choice involved a trip to the office and a talk with the principal.
Liam left. And class proceeded as normal. Until Liam returned.
He walked back in, went to his seat, pulled out his work, and asked me what pages he needed to complete. As if he had just taken a break and was returning to class.
I answered his question. Then I told him to go back next door. He said the teacher wouldn't let him in. OK, fine. Then he could go two doors down.
A couple students left to use the restroom. They told me that the door to the classroom next door was open, and that Liam was just sitting outside. (He lied about not being let in next door, and he didn't even try to go to the classroom two doors down.)
(Liam returned once again, having been told by some adult or other that he couldn't sit outside. Well, I had told him which room he was supposed to be in...)
Deep sigh. And wouldn't you know it, he was a student in the English class I covered the next day...