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It's not a full Moon?

I checked the calendar twice - it does say that the full isn't until the 8th. Maybe it's the extended warm weather we've been having... but today was just plain weird!

First, I had a student completely freak out because he came in late (like 40 minutes late) and I told him he had to get a slip from the office. He's been in my class all year and should know that I tell all students that they need a tardy slip - every stinkin' day. So his response was to tell me to "f-off" and then run screaming through halls yelling "f-you!" Slight over reaction for an activity that gives you the freedom to wander for at least 10 minutes... then he showed up 15 minutes later (and late for the next class; he's got me twice in row, poor soul) without any admit slip but very apologetic.

Then later in the day I had another student call me a "stupid f-- bitch" because I wouldn't let him read a magazine while taking a test. I mean, why bother to write the answers on your arm under your shirt when you can just write them on a piece of paper. Shockingly, apparently it is acceptable in other classes according to cursing student.

In between dramatic acts, I confiscated 3 cell phones. One where a student was actually chatting with her grandfather during class. When I told her to give me the phone she said "Grandpa, I have to go. Someone is telling me to hang up." I also 2 sets of headphones, a CD player and a tetris game. I'm trying decide if I should just give up or hold out for an iPod.

Comments

Lectrice said…
Harsh day. My sympathies.

I've started explaining to students that I can't afford an ipod, and so, when I see one, my mean shrivelled little heart beats a little faster, and a mean craven voice inside of me whispers that if I confiscate the thing, I could have an ipod for just one day.

It always works. Apparently, teenagers who cannot co-operate with a rule-based culture can utterly understand unfairly applied rules, as long as they're based on the politics of envy. Perhaps we *did* spend too long studying Macbeth...

Unfortunately I still haven't had a chance to play with an ipod.

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