I knew Karma was coming my way for how easy I had it with the last class. I just didn’t think it would find me so soon.
This was a 3rd grade class, short ½ day assignment (Teacher Friday afternoon getaway before the three day weekend? Hmmmm….)
The kids arrived back from lunch recess smelling blood in the water. “Ohh Boy! A sub!”
The requests drinks of water and“I gotta GO! REAL BAD!" started almost immediately and kept coming.
They just came back from lunch recess so I turned all the requests down just to get something started, but the requests didn’t stop. One boy put on a pretty convincing show of an impending flood if I didn’t relent. I finally compromised with one proviso.
“You can go if you can get back in less than two minutes.”
I have a stopwatch feature on my watch and dramatically started it hoping that the threat of being timed would eliminate any dilly-dallying outside the classroom.
Imagine my surprise when the boy boomed back into the classroom out of breath asking for his time. Stopwatch indicated .
I’m thinking, “Ok, I guess that worked!”
New hand rose. Same request, different boy, same convincing show. He’s back in just under
Next up is a girl who’s out and back in under
OMG! I’ve inadvertently created the “Bathroom Olympics”
I ended the competition after one kid claimed he did his business in under 0:45s
The end of class bell didn’t come soon enough for me. These kids were a handful. As the kids filed out to start their long weekend, they all “high-fived” me in a “good-bye” salute.
It was only after the “ wonder kid” left that it dawned on me that I needed some serious hand sanitizer…RIGHT NOW!
…I’m pretty slow on the uptake, aren’t I?