Thursday, January 31, 2019
Special ed. U.S. history. Fifth period. They had terms to define.
"May I use the restroom?"
The teacher had given me a list of "no go" students. They had "abused her trust" and had therefore lost out-of-class privileges. So, when the boy asked the question and I heard rumblings of "you're not allowed to go", I made sure to double check the list.
Yep, he was one of the three.
Oh, he was incensed. Angry at the others for ratting him out.
"It's not them," I told him. "Your teacher left me a list, and you're on it."
Oh he argued. And whined. And begged. But it sounded to me like he probably left the room and didn't return for half the period. I've had those issues. I'll trust the teacher on this one.
I got class started, and then I walked the room. The boy had his head down on his desk. I tried to get his attention, but he wouldn't budge.
He was pouting.
Okay, fine. I could let his teacher know this.
A bit later, he asked me if he could leave the room. This time he wanted water. He was thirsty, and he couldn't work because he was thirsty.
So, which was it? Did he need to use the restroom, or was he thirsty? And before you say both...
When I told him he couldn't leave, he said he thought he could only not leave for the restroom. He thought a water break would be permissible.
I let his teacher know all of this. Perhaps she'll have a conversation with him.