Thursday, October 6, 2016
It is ridiculously easy to get student volunteers to run errands for me during class. Like going to the office to get the classroom key.
(That's a long story having to do with keys locked up in a safe place and the ones who had access to the safe place were all coincidentally unavailable before school.)
Second period hadn't quite started when I asked for someone to go to the office. I got three volunteers (of the five that were in the room at the time). Who to choose?
Well, where I was going to send the volunteer took a bit of explaining. It wasn't like they needed to go to the health office, the attendance office, or another office with which just about every student is familiar. So, I began my explanation.
"Do you know where the office of [specific assistant principal] is?"
Girl: "Oh, that's the office next to Ms. M..."
Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner.
Because, it was to Ms. M that I needed the student to go. (She was the keeper of the keys.)
The boy protested. He really wanted to go. "I know where that is."
Me: "Who is Ms. M?"
Boy: "Um, she's a lady..."
Nah. I'd rather send the girl who seems to have a good rapport with the secretary than the boy who kind of vaguely knows the office to which I'd be sending him.
(For the record, students aren't supposed to have keys. But this was a special circumstance where several things had gone wrong. And the student actually retrieved a sealed envelope with my name on it. So, not ideal, but necessary at that moment in time.)