Friday, November 4, 2022

Heart Break

Third period government. I was in a classroom two doors down from the success seminar classroom

The class was... meh. These are seniors, so presumably they're more mature. But too many of them were on their phones rather than doing the assignment (which was on money and elections). They weren't too terrible, mostly mellow once they settled down, so I had nothing to complain about.

Janine had a finished project from ceramics. It was a small mug with no handle. It was a cute little thing, and several of the students stopped to admire her handiwork. 

We had ten minutes left in class. Tyson slipped into the seat in front of her. His arm swung along her desk area, his elbow making contact with the mug. 

Swoop.

The mug fell to the floor and shattered. 

Ouch!

It happened so fast. Janine was understandably upset, but I didn't hear Tyson offer an apology. He gave excuses. "It broke really easy. That's cheap clay." 

I told him he owed her big time. He wanted to figure out how much that meant in dollars. 

I don't know about people sometimes. 

There wasn't much to do. I left a comment in the note, but this is not really the sort of thing that needs to be punished. Janine wouldn't have gotten to take the piece home if it hadn't been graded, so she's only out the finished object, not the grade.

Still, I'm sad. It was a nice little mug. It would have been nice if Janine had gotten to use it.

20 comments:

  1. That's heartbreaking! I know she spent a lot of time on her creation. Tyson seems to have the short end of the stick when it comes to empathy.

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    1. Oh yeah. You'd think by the time they're seniors they would have learned to be nice to their classmates, but no.

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  2. It's not just teenagers who have that reaction.

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  3. Excuses instead of an immediate from the heart apology. Spells trouble in his future.

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    1. Oh yea. I'm not surprised, though. Totally on brand for him.

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  4. Maturity can't come fast enough.

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    1. I suspect he might be one of those that never apologizes. We should all steer clear.

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  5. Oh what a shame! I would have been so upset if that had happened to me. Hopefully the kid does decide to apologise, even though it was an accident.

    Hope you had a lovely weekend.

    www.awayfromtheblue.blogspot.com.au

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  6. That's sad, and really wrong he didn't aplogize. I would think seniors would be into the elections, so much going on and so much at stake. Why are they allowed to be on their phones during class? Is this normal?

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    1. They're not technically allowed, but at a certain point, I just don't want the battles.

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  7. Monetarily? I imagine the piece meant more to her emotionally than monetarily.

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