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.

25 comments:

  1. That does seem weird. I wish it were appropriate to ask why.

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    1. I probably could have. Missed opportunity.

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  2. One really quick doctor's appointment? Yeah, right!

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  3. Alex's comment made me laugh. But actually, I was in and out that fast when I went for prescription refills the other day!

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    1. But pulling the kiddo out of class in the middle of the day for that? It makes no sense.

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  4. That is weird, unless they have the fastest dentist/doctor in the world. I wonder where he went.

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  5. Oh time...it just gets away from us, doesn't it? One hour here and there? What could this child possibly have done in an hour? It's a mystery for the ages...

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  6. Will you ever know? One of life's mysteries.

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    1. Probably not. Unless I run into him again and the topic comes up. So, unlikely.

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  7. Flu shot? But why not do after school? It is indeed strange.

    betty

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  8. Maybe a check-up and the office was close...with no one waiting.

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    1. But he knew he was going to be back before the end of the period. So, he was expecting this? I mean, possible. Totally possible. But I wonder.

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    1. This is why I post these things on the blog.

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  10. Oh that little kid...what did he do.....boy the mind can be creative

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    1. And keep in mind that for him to be checked out of school, a parent had to come and pick him up. An adult came to the attendance office to retrieve him. So, it has to be something official.

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    1. I like the flu shot idea. That makes the most sense.

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    1. Unfortunately, it'll have to remain a mystery.

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  13. Maybe a legal thing instead of doctors visit. Signing something or such.

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