I bring the classroom to you!
Never give an unsupervised 11-year-old student a rubber ruler on the playground during free time.
It doesn't end well.
While student teaching in Orange County, CA a boy I'll call Quincy was playing on his cell phone under his desk...again. "Quincy, if I have to ask you one more time to put your iPhone away I'm going to be one smartphone richer." Quincy gave me the "no you won't" look, to which I responded, "Go ahead, call my bluff."
He lifted his index finger indicating that I should wait.
He dialed his iPhone and said, "Yes, hello. Mrs. A.'s bluff? I have someone who'd like to speak with you."
It is my hope and desire to one day collect all the crazy, erratic, fun, and zany events in the life of one teacher (that would be me) and write them down in a short book for other teachers and parents. I hope it would serve as a life preserver of sorts on days when you feel more like a zookeeper than a parent or teacher. But for now, I will begin to collect them here...