Thursday, February 27, 2020

Dancing Fool


Wednesday. Seventh grade English. Fourth period.

JT walked in late, but he immediately asked for a health office pass telling me he had a headache. He sounded like he was in pain, so when he returned a half hour later, I had sympathy for him.

But the minute he got back, he went for the standing desk.

Standing desk? A few classes have them now. They look like this:


The general rule is that if a student needs to, they can go back to one (there are two in each class that has them, and the teachers have them in the back of the room) and work from there.

I would think if you have a headache, the last thing you'd want to do is stand in class, but whatever.

The lesson for the day was SSR or silent sustained reading. They were reading books of their choice. The room was silent. The kiddos weren't even listening to music.

So, it was a surprise when I looked up to find JT dancing at the standing desk...

Throwing down random dance movies is a thing nowadays. Mostly in middle school, but I occasionally see it in high school too.

I blame TikTok.

(Things I never expected to have to say: "Stop dancing in class...")

Man, I wish my headaches went away that quickly. Unless he was lying about the headache. Could be either, really.

16 comments:

  1. Standing desks are popular in some offices, too.

    But dancing?

    Kiddo either had a remarkable recovery or he fudged things ....

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  2. One of my cat trees serves as a standing 'desk' on occasion. But I don't dance in front of my laptop. Heh...

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    1. Hey, if you're at home, and you have music playing (or not playing), totally cool. In the middle of class, however...

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  3. Liz,

    Yeah, I wish my headaches went away fast, too. Who knows, maybe the kid couldn't resist dancing because the mewsic moved him just right. I admit even when I have an awful headache if a song catches my ear then I might do a little chair boogieing. :)

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  4. If he went to the health office, couldn't he get aspirin or something? But even so, yeah, he was probably lying.

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  5. Just another day in the life of a continuation school teacher. Sounds like you had his number.

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    1. Oh no. This was a 7th grader at a regular middle school. I'm not always at the continuation high school.

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  6. Headaches are one of those things that someone could make up and who would really know if it was true or not? Unless of course a severe one like a migraine when you know the people are miserable. I like the concept of the standing table though. It does give kids a bit of an opportunity to stand and stretch (not dance LOL). I know some work stations are like that in some companies.

    betty

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  7. Mine are so random. Sometimes a couple ibuprofen and it's gone in 20 minutes. Sometimes I try everything - water, caffeine, pills, lying down, and it keeps going.

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    1. I've never had a headache that just went away. Glad to hear my experience isn't universal.

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  8. I'm getting suspicious in my old age. My first thought was if he took something else. But, then he could be a lighthead and be easily affected (loose as a goose) with even one dose of aspirin.

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  9. headache, my Aunt Fanny! He knows how to act sick. I would do that, on rare occasions just to get out of school. I don't even know what tiktok is

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