The backstory: Typically, our Middle School students wait outside the classroom if their teacher isn’t in the room. Since 12 and 13 year olds are notoriously loud and self-absorbed, if a teacher isn’t careful, that means a swarm of kids jammed at the door, blocking the hallway. Most teachers encourage the kids to line up instead and by universal agreement, Mr. S, who teaches math, is the best at managing this process. Earlier this week, my 7th graders were waiting for me, loudly blocking the entire hallway, as they are wont to do. I greeted them and sought order.
Me: Line up, folks, I want to be just like Mr. S.
(assorted students scramble into a sadly disorganized line).
Me: Seriously, why can’t my lines be like Mr. S’s lines? I want to be like S!
JZ (quiet student at the front of the line): So, more math homework?