During an English class in 8th Grade, a student did something very stupid. Fortunately for him it appears what he may have thought was in a pill bottle was. Toward the end of the class, a fellow student found an opened bottle of chewable aspirin. I took the bottle from the student and threw it in the garbage can.
Next thing I know, another student spits something in the garbage. From what I quickly learned, this student tried to show off to the other students by taking the pill bottle and downing the entire bottle in his mouth. He then spit it out and told me he did not swallow any. I quickly alerted the school nurse who asked me to write a Referral for the student to make sure it was documented. I also retrieved the pill bottle and turned it in.
Definitely a stupid prank by the kid. Had the nurse not asked for the referral I may not have done it since he spit it out but the same student was reported by other kids for throwing books at the backs of other students heads when I was not looking.
LESSON? Try to pay more attention. This was one of those lessons where I learned that DISCIPLINE is an absolute necessity in some class rooms more than others.
DAY 2 – YOWZA!
Until that day I thought I had already seen the worst behavior. I had already taught BD (Behavioral Disorder) on the High School level where a kid threw another kid across a room, in her chair.
5th Grade – 3 boys and 1 group had the attitudes of gang members. Aside from taunting me and challenging me with every word I spoke, there were kids bullying each other and soon after class started I asked the Principal to visit. Things calmed down a bit but the rest of the 1 hour experience continued poorly. I managed to get 13/14 students to complete the assignment given but #14 decided to crumple it up and put it in the tray.
I saw these kids in the hallway in the afternoon and the following day (when I returned for a different sub job) and they continued to act out their “I’m from the hood” attitude. The “hood” is my wording, not theirs.