Thursday, April 13, 2017
When I'm asked to cover an extra period, there are certain things I expect. We'll have to wait around for security to let us in. The class will be loud and all over the place while I locate the lesson plans. And somehow I'll have to get the students to settle while I'm getting situated for the period. (This usually involves the raising of my voice.)
I went to the extra 6th period on this Monday with realistic expectations. (This was the same day as the ELD class from yesterday's post.) However, I was thrilled when security arrived at the classroom just when I did.
Security let us in the room, and the first thing I noticed was how warm it was. (The class had been period subbed all day, so I assume none of the other subs had bothered with the thermostat.) Before looking for lesson plans and dealing with the loud, I went to turn on the air conditioning. Then I turned back to the class...
Everyone in the class was seated. And silent. Waiting...
Um... This was weird. These were middle schoolers. 7th graders. Silently waiting. Right. This couldn't last.
I located the lesson plans. (The sub from the prior period had hidden them away. Grrr.) Found the thing they were supposed to do...
"But we're ELD..." one kiddo protested.
Yup, I knew that. I was reading the period 6 lesson plans, which I pointed out. And I started to pass out their work. (Got a volunteer, so I let him pass out papers.) And I explained what they were doing.
And they did it. Silently. For the whole period.
I had my fingers crossed. I knocked on wood. I was doing everything not to jinx the luck. Because, seriously? A middle school class that I was only in for one period and that period was 6th period behaving well? This just doesn't happen.
The note I left was glowing. They deserved it.
These were alien replicants, right? Or Stepford children? What do you think caused this anomaly?
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