Friday, May 25, 2018

A Friendly Reminder


It's nearing the end of the year. The 7th grade history students had been given a year-long project at the beginning of the school year. It was time for them to present (in front of the class) what they'd done.

Most of the presentations had been done the prior week. A few stragglers still had presentations to make up.

(The class was being taught by a student teacher, so things could go on as normal even though the full time teacher was out of town.)

Class had barely started. The student teacher called on a student. "You're presenting today."

"I know!"

Normally, the tone the student used and the fact that he rolled his eyes would be a these-kids-today-are-terrible post. But not today.

The prior day, the student had been pulled out of class. He had a doctor's appointment or some such--something he had no control over.

At the end of the period, someone in class thought it might be a good idea to remind the student that he'd be presenting the next day. The student teacher asked if anyone had the student's cell phone number. It turned out that over half the class did. (A class of 37 students.)

So, every student who had the kid's number texted him to "let him know" he'd be presenting first. They figuratively blew up his phone. According to the student teacher, the later texters were getting responses of "I know!". I imagine with appropriate emojis.

Middle school teachers have a wicked sense of humor.

(His presentation went very well. He did an awesome job.)

27 comments:

  1. Oh the power of the phone! At least he knew he better be prepared for presenting that day!

    betty

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    1. These were advanced kids. I think he probably knew even before the reminders.

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  2. Thank you for the laugh. Glad he did well! That's always uplifting to read. Take care, my dear.

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    1. Not all classes are horror stories.

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  3. This post makes me so happy! I love that the student got so much encouragement to get his presentation done just by having his phone blow up the day before by all of his classmates! And even better that he did an amazing job! YAY!

    (I think I would have quit responding after the 3rd or 4th reminder though. Yikes.)

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    1. Yeah, me too. And I'd've probably muted my phone, too.

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  4. Ha, how annoying. No wonder he was rolling his eyes.

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    1. In this case, totally warranted.

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  6. Most days my Barbarians wish they had mobiles, so I'll save this anecdote for one of their particularly whingy days ;)

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    1. I've got so many cell phone horror stories. We could scare them off from wanting a phone for years.

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  7. LOL oh that's too funny. I might be having a sassy moment over that, too. lol

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    1. Totally warranted. No one would begrudge it you.

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  8. This made me smile. I could visualize it. Glad he did well on the presentation. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Now we know how to torture people. Have everyone blow up their cell phone ;)

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  9. HILARIOUS!
    Almost makes me wish we had cell phones when I was a kid!

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    1. I daily see something that makes me wish we had cell phones when I was a kid.

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  10. This one was really, Liz. But I don't know whether the student found getting a slew of messages funny or not.
    But still, what a way to remind someone!
    More importantly, glad the presentation went off well. :-)

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    1. He didn't find it funny today. But I guarantee in ten years, this will be a funny story he tells.

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  11. That poor kid. I say as I'm laughing. >.>

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    1. I wouldn't feel too sorry for him. I'm sure he'll find some way to get back at them ;)

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  12. Poor kid. I hate it when multiple people text about the same thing like that. He was nicer about it than I probably would have been.

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    1. Yeah, his responses were definitely not uncalled for.

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  13. hahaha. He'll have a good story to tell several years from now.

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