Wednesday, March 28, 2018
On Friday, Palmer slipped out of class about two minutes before the bell. It was the class right before lunch.
When a class lines up at the door before the bell, I get wary. I watch. Most of the time I urge them to sit, but sometimes my instructions are ignored, especially if they're used to lining up.
I didn't see Palmer leave, but when he did, others in the class commented. And I heard. I took a quick roll and figured out who was gone.
Normally I'd make a note of this and move on. But I was returning Monday...
Early in the period on Monday, I gently chided Palmer for leaving early. He admitted it. I asked, "You'll make this up today, right?" He agreed.
At the end of the period I reminded him. He said he remembered.
And he did. He didn't fuss and he didn't protest. I kept him long enough to "make up" for the time he missed on Friday.
Normally I'd've still made a note of this. But I appreciated not having to fight him. So, I let that be the end of it.
If only the kiddos realized how easy it is to get out of my note...