Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Ditching the Punishment
Last week I covered a freshman geography class Monday through Thursday.
Four days of ninth graders... I was not looking forward to it.
But, surprisingly, it went pretty well. They had plenty to do, and most of them did it.
Luckily for the blog, it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows.
Period five. I had been warned about them.
On Monday, Edgar had been an irritant. Constantly talking. Doing no work. Using any excuse to get out of his seat.
On Tuesday, I awoke with a migraine. My pills knocked out the worst of the pain, but my tolerance level was somewhere below my knees.
So, when Edgar traded seats with another kiddo, told a friend (loudly enough for us all to hear) that I looked like a pumpkin*, and held up the start of class going back to his proper seat, I was done with him. He could spend the period next door**.
You should have heard him beg. He just needed "one more chance"***. He'd be good, he promised. He needed to use the restroom first.
Even though I knew what was going to happen, I let him "go to the restroom first".
Sure enough, it took him the whole period to use the restroom.
Edgar returned to class just as we were packing up. (He had to return his restroom pass.) When questioned on how it took him the whole period to use the restroom, he said he needed the health office, and that's where he spent the period...
Actually, this was a win-win for me. I did not have to deal with Edgar all period. And he was doubly in trouble for ditching class. Yay?
*The pumpkin comment was fair. My shirt was bright orange. (No one is taking bright orange from me. Nope. Never.) It was the way he went about saying it that I objected to.
**The next door teacher was mean. And scary. And the class was full of seniors. So, it was the perfect place to send a freshman out to.
*** Oh, I wish I had been filming him as he asked for that "one more chance" as he crept towards the door. It might have taken him half the period to get to it, and he was three feet away. I've seen people in major pain walk faster.