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...
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."
I bring the classroom to you!