Wednesday, July 18, 2018
A Quick and Dirty Scare
Sometimes I'm lazy. I'll do a quick head count of the students in a class. I'll note that that number matches the number of students on my roster. That means they're all present. Right? Roll done.
I call it my "quick and dirty" roll call.
However, there are a couple of circumstances that could muck this up. If I had a "visitor", I would still be missing a student. And for summer school, there's one other small issue...
It was the last block of the day. (The day is comprised of three two-hour blocks.) English 10, second semester. 17 bodies in the room. 17 names on the roll. We were good to go.
About an hour in, we were to read a story. The teacher had left index cards with student names, so I didn't have to find volunteers. (Getting volunteers to read... It's torture. I love index cards.)
I was about half way through the stack of cards when I called "Fiona".
"She's not here."
Oh crap! That meant that someone in the class had been dropped and didn't realize it. (They're dropped from class on their third absence.) And as we were in the middle of something, I wasn't about to stop and call roll.
Luckily, there were only 17 students, and the story was way longer than 17 paragraphs.
I finished the cards. "Did anybody not get a chance to read?"
A girl raised her hand...
We finished up the story. I went back to the roll. I looked for Fiona. She wasn't listed.
Wait. So my roll was okay after all?
I asked the girl who had raised her hand about why she didn't have a card.
Except she did.
At the beginning of class they were to respond to a quote. As I had called on her (via the cards) for that, I had put her card into the "read" pile. (She already participated in class.)
Whew. My "quick and dirty" was accurate. This time. But with a bit of a scare.