one rule i have in my class is that during instructional time (i.e. while i’m in front teaching) there is no leaving to go use the bathroom. the breaking of this rule is frequently attempted with such phrases as, “pleeeease, Mr. Rust!” and “it’s an emergency! you don’t want me to pee in the classroom, do you?” (which sorely tempts me, but…).
at any rate, some of the kids know the correct combination of phrases, facial expressions, and bodily “moves” that will break my will on this rule.
most do not.
this past week brought the best attempt yet. picture this:
we’d just finished several weeks of review work that included looking at declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences, their rules, usage, and much practice. the first test on this was a terrible failure and i gave a second test two days later just to make sure (much better results).
it’s monday. a bad day. frustrated with behaviors, i’m teaching my homeroom on the Smartboard new grammar stuff when one of my pain-in-the-rear kids raises his hand with a note in it for me.
while still teaching, i walk over, take the note from him, ready to ignore the question inside it.
the note reads:
“I need to go real bad. Can I please go to the bathroom? (interrogative sentence)”
i laughed so hard i almost went to the bathroom myself.
i wrote back to him:
“now that’s just pathetic!”
and i let him break my rule.