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Monday, November 19, 2007

Do a Little Dance…


I repeat the same phrase every day I’m subbing.

Right before recess AND lunch, I tell them that if they need to go to the bathroom, now is the time.

What I said: “DO NOT return to class after lunch or recess and immediately ask to go to the bathroom!!”

What they heard: “Blah, blah, blabitty, blah, LUNCH blah RECESS blah, blah, blah…!!”

So of course, the first thing after the door closes after recess I have this kid claiming he “forgot to go” at recess. I remind him of the last thing I told everyone before going out the door and that we can’t delay the spelling test just for him. He’ll have to wait.

He’s dancing from foot to foot with both hands holding his crotch pleading: “I GOTTA GO! Please!”

I’ve seen this act before and I know if I deny the request, a follow up request is usually a drink of water. The sure sign of the faker. His act, as usual, is WAY too much over the top to be believable and I’m about send him back to his seat when an amazing thing happened.

A single bead of sweat appeared between his eyes and rolled down off the tip of his nose.

He might have been hot from running around at recess but producing the “sweat drop” while dancing was a new twist.

I let him go…


The MAN Fan Club said...

I taught in an area were a child might say, "I got to use it...." I teach 3 90 minute blocks and each child can leave ONE time for any reason. One out of the class at a time and they have to use a 3 minute timer!

Anonymous said...

Yuck, I hate deciding who really has to go and who is just faking. I recently had a child relieve himself in a water bottle because there was someone else in the bathroom and I only let them go one at a time while they are behaving.