Thursday, September 29, 2022

Surprise!

Wednesday. Twelfth grade government. 

As the students walked in, some walked back out to recheck. Were they in the wrong room? Where was their teacher? 

"What? Didn't Mrs. M let you know she'd be out today?" I asked innocently. 

No. This was the first they were hearing about it.

But I was just kidding with them, which I let them know immediately. 

When I went to bed Tuesday night, I had no job lined up for the morning. I kind of thought I'd get a day off. I was somewhat looking forward to it.

But at 4:30 AM, my phone alerted. (I had woken up a short time before this, so it didn't wake me.) I knew that particular ding was for the sub app. I opened it up, and sure enough, there was an assignment for the morning. I took it.

Mrs. M had to take her husband to the ER. (She didn't specify for what, and I didn't ask.) This is the very definition of last minute family emergency, so of course the students were taken unawares. 

It happens. 

But for the rest of the day, the students arriving went something like this: 

Student: "What? We have a sub?"

Me: "Surprise!"

(They had an interesting assignment. They were to take a political quiz to see how their beliefs align with the political parties. If you're so inclined, you can try it here. I did, and I was completely unsurprised with my results.)

14 comments:

  1. I like your send for humor. Surprise. They probably didn't laugh when they saw suprise.

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    1. They were just bewildered that their teacher wasn't there.

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  2. Surprise! I looked at the quiz (I didn't take it but I could see where it was going). One of the questions was if foreigners living in the United States should be permitted to vote. We discussed that very thing in my 11th grade Social Studies class (in 1968!)

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    1. Sad that that isn't settled by now, then. But some things seem to remain controversial over time.

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  3. Well, that quiz took up more time than I thought it would.

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  4. Many things will surprise these students/kids. Would love to see that in a few years.

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  5. I would if there political will change over the years of there life.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  6. Most of the time my Barbarians have no idea they will have a sub, so I'm surprised they were surprised.

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  7. Hi Liz - it's interesting how we, as adults, accept things, but as kids they can so easily be surprised - especially your kids as they don't easily accept change. I hope Mrs M's husband will be alright. All the best - Hilary

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  8. Transhumanist, that’s a new word for me.

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    1. I recall hearing or reading about it somewhere. ~scratches head~

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