Friday, January 31, 2020
23 and Me
Seventh grade English, fifth period (last Thursday).
The desks were numbered. Some teachers do this. It makes seating charts easier to read.
We're five months into the school year and three weeks into the second semester. That there are numbers on the desks or what number is on each student's desk should come as no surprise.
Me: "It's a prime number."
That's not what weirded the boy out.
"I'm at desk 23 in math class. My PE number is 23. Science..."
He listed all the 23s in his schooling life. I tuned out as the other students arrived and other issues required my attention.
The bell rang. I stared passing out their assignment...
"Today is the 23rd!!!"
Uh, yeah, it had been all day.
I resisted telling him about numbers that follow you. If I'd gone that route, I would have lost the entire class of seventh graders. No way any of them would have been able to focus on their reading with that shiny new idea glittering before them.