Friday, August 10, 2018
CAD (computer aided drafting) class. The teacher is on jury duty, a trial that is scheduled to go a couple weeks.
Fourth period was the period. Every teacher has one. It's the class where the difficult students reside. In my case, it's the biggest class of the day, and half the class wasn't doing much in the way of classwork.
This was also the class right before lunch.
I generally give a three minute warning. ("We have three minutes left of class.") It's their cue to pack up and get ready to go. This group lined up at the door. The door opened, and a couple students slipped out. We still had a couple minutes before they should have been dismissed.
I was able to get them back. When they repeated this sneakiness the next day, I knew I was going to have to be a whole lot more proactive about this.
On the third day, I called the three minute warning from just beside the classroom door. No one bothered to line up. Success! It meant that I'd have to block the door for them near the end of the period, but that's not a big deal.
But, on the fourth day, it was buyout day. That's the day that students can get buyouts signed so they can be excused from attending school on Friday.
At the three minute warning, I was positioned by the door. I had signed the buyouts. But, of course, a student hadn't given me his earlier. He asked for me to sign it, which meant I had to leave my door position to get my pen.
Naturally, this is when the kiddos lined up at the door. And, of course, someone slipped out. (It was Ten Minutes.)
Of course, I stepped out to retrieve him. He attempted to hide behind the door. At that moment Elliot slipped out...
I got them back. I made them wait until the bell. But they're going to be tricky. On the bright side, they're the only ones that are doing this.