Thursday, November 8, 2018
I'll Be Back
It was one of those days that I don't normally write about. Tenth grade English. They were reading and annotating a story. And the classes worked silently, as requested.
(Yes, I do have many days where the kiddos work. They make for boring blog posts.)
It was the beginning of third period. The attendance office called. They asked for a student to be sent up as he was leaving.
This is another so-common-I-don't-mention-it thing. You should see the looks on the faces of the kiddos when that phone rings. They get this "Is it for me?" look. Hoping. In actuality, most of the time the kiddo in question is expecting the call.
As it was in this case. The kiddo in question was ready to leave.
"Make sure to take the story with you," I told him.
"Oh, I'll be back," he replied.
Um, the attendance office said he was leaving. He was being checked out by a parent.
I considered the timing. Third period is 58 minutes long.
I insisted that he take the story with him so he could do it for homework. I have no idea if he did or not as I got busy with other things, like getting the class started.
Third period was the class I had been warned about. "Rowdy" was the term used. But they settled after a fashion, and they worked for the period.
Less than ten minutes before the end of the period, the boy returned.
Okay, he was right.
But, I was right, too. He couldn't possibly do a period's worth of work in less than ten minutes. He didn't even try.
So, it was homework for him.
But, what got him checked out of school for less than an hour? That's a new one for me.