Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Wrong Savannah
I had the same classes all last week. Seventh grade world history. Advanced.
(Their teacher was the chaperone for the annual Washington, D.C. trip. So, out of town and hopefully having fun, but working, too.)
The "advanced" means they were the good kids. While they were not 100% on task (they had computers--their assignment was online--so some played more games than did work), they were not doing the sorts of things that generally make for good blog posts.
On Thursday, their acceptance letters to be in a leadership class next year were delivered to period four. So, with my trusty seating chart, I passed these letters out to all the kiddos. There were only about ten.
Passing back papers is harder for me as I don't know the kiddos. Generally, I just call out names. They raise their hands. And then we meet half way.
But, as I knew I had the class all week, I had made myself seating charts. It made roll go that much quicker. And it was useful in keeping track of who was who, especially if there were any "special mentions" I needed to make in my note to their teacher.
I passed out all the letters but one. I remembered marking Savannah absent, so I held on to her letter.
Sixth period the teacher was a coach. The season is over, so the kiddos are just hanging out in class. One girl noticed the letter on the desk. She was oohing and ahhing over it. I mentioned that the girl it belonged to was absent.
"She better not have been..."
Turns out the girl was Savannah's sister, and she knew that Savannah had been at school. (They're on the same campus, so they had arrived together.)
She knew what class Savannah was in sixth period, so she went to take it to her. And it was then that I realized what had happened.
There were two Savannahs in period four. I had forgotten this fact while passing out the letters. I remembered marking a Savannah absent, but I didn't check the last name.
Oops. Glad her sister was there to fix my mistake.