Friday, March 16, 2018
My second day of a three day assignment in the eighth grade English class was a Friday. It was "Fun Friday". Any student who met certain requirements (namely, good grades and attendance) got dismissed to lunch 20 minutes early and admitted to a fun activity.
I had the list of students. I had their passes. I passed out the passes to the seven students in class who had earned it. And at the allotted time, I allowed them to leave.
Jesse held up a pass, said he was part of the group, and attempted to leave the class with the group. But Jesse wasn't on the list.
Why do the difficult students think they can get away with this stuff?
Jesse wasn't "bad" per se. These classes were pretty good overall, so the worst I can say for Jesse is he got out of his seat a bit too frequently. I had to take an extra moment to ask for his attention when I was giving the class instruction. But nothing out of the ordinary, especially for a sub.
But trying to sneak out of class with "the good kids"? Nope.
After the rest of the class had been dismissed for lunch, I found Jesse's "pass" on the floor. The passes were preprinted class schedules (with student ID numbers) for each student. Jesse had scratched out someone's name and printed his name in pencil above it.
I don't know what he was planning to do with that pass if he managed to get past me. No one would mistake that for an actual pass for this activity.
Eighth grade logic escapes me.