Thursday, July 13, 2017
Rules of the Game
Yup, another day in summer school...
11th grade English. Some of them were doing more talking than working. For the third time, I went over to insert myself into the conversation. I asked, "How's the work going?"
The group was centered around Terrence...
Yes, I do mean Terrence from the continuation high school. And no, I was not at the continuation high school.
The continuation high school is closed until August. But they allow their students to go back to their "home" schools to attend summer school where they can earn up to 15 credits. I was at the continuation high school when they were signing up for summer school, so I was not surprised to run into some of them. Although, I would have thought Terrence wouldn't attend.
You should have seen the look on Terrence's face when he walked into class and saw me. Oh, and he was late...
Anyway, I was hovering, hoping that Terrence would do some work. He brought up the "Flipping Starbursts" incident.
"Didn't you call that 'Rolling Starbursts'?" I asked.
Terrence regaled the class with tales of how mad Mr. J was the next day...
"You told me he didn't care," I reminded him. He said Mr. J wouldn't care at the time, and when I saw him next, he said he hadn't gotten into trouble over the incident.
Then the group (all non-continuation high school students) wanted to know all about this game. And considering I was curious, too, I listened in.
They each started with two or three Starbursts. The player would toss one. If it landed opening side (where the paper folds over, so where you go to get at the candy) down, he'd win another Starburst. If it landed opening side up, he lost his Starburst. Terrence said by the end they'd all ended up with 10 or more Starbursts.
(There were only four in the game, so they must have replenished when someone lost.)
Terrence did turn in work, although it looked sloppily done. Ah well. At least I wasn't the enemy this time.