Tuesday, November 13, 2007

No, I don't have ADD. Or Do I?

So I subbed in the second grade yesterday.

I was monitoring seat work when I heard this hissing coming from a cute little girl in the doorway. She had taken a wooden bathroom pass ( about the size of a half ruler) and had been gone longer than I care to admit. OK fine - I forgot she was gone. Are you happy?

"Mrs. JustRandi! I neeeeeed to talk to you OVER HERE!"
"Ok. What's going on?" I walked over to the doorway, and I could see that we were near tears.

"Mrs. JustRandi! I just dropped the pass in the toilet!"

Alrighty. Well, I sure as heck know who's NOT going in after it.

"What should I do?"

"You should pull up the arm of your sweater, and reach in and get it. And then wash your whole arm and the pass 3 times with soap."

The eyes got HUGE, and she nodded and left.

I don't know exactly how long it actually takes a 7 year old to wash the pass and one arm off 3 times. But I am embarrassed to say that when she got back - her arm and the offending wood still dripping - I had yet again forgotten about her and already taken the rest of the class and dropped them off for their class in the music room.

I know. I'm awesome.

18 comments:

Kimberly said...

Oh dear. At least you're not their regular teacher. I mean, if you taught her every day and forgot about her? Ouch!

Stephanette said...

In my world - it's out of site, out of mind. I have little sticky reminders EVERYwhere. She did what she was supposed to do and came back to you....you're good.

Caroline said...

That's alright. I have to count my own kids, lest I forget about someone. All I can say is, it happens.

Heather said...

Yeah, I've done that alot- but with timeouts, etc.

kristen said...

If it's not in writing, it didn't happen. Post-it notes were one of the best inventions.

It's not hard to forget about a little 2nd grader when you've got a class full of them.

JustRandi said...

Crud! Now it's in writing!!

Baby J said...

eww! I really hope she throughly washed her hands twenty times over

Sue said...

Tee hee And EW!

JustRandi said...

Baby J-
I'm just hoping she did it at least twice!

Melissa said...

Oh dear... not fun for you or her :S

Sheyenne said...

hahahaha! You ARE awesome! That is too funny, and totally understandable. There's too many to notice if one's missing when you don't know them. Just be glad she came back.... and that you don't have to touch that bathroom pass everyday.

Janell said...

LOL. That poor little girl is never going to forget the day she had to wash her entire arm and the bathroom pass 3 times!

If I'd been the little girl I think I'd've flushed the toilet and hoped the teacher didn't notice the pass missing (or the toilet overflowing).

Nancy Face said...

Haha, that was just HILARIOUS! :D

Hey, she learned a very important life's lesson: how to go fishing for the stuff that gets dropped in the toilet while one is sitting there multi-tasking as they do their dooty...uh, enough said.

Lena said...

I bet she didn't even notice you forgot. We won't tell ;)

Earl said...

I bought these COOL bathroom passes. They sit in a base and when you take them out of the base, they begin an automatic countdown. I can preset them for 2,3,4 or 5 minutes. When the time is up, the unit AND the base sound out a buzzer. I bought them and as I got ready to use them, I visualized little 5 year olds in the bathroom. There's a lanyard, but to make it big enough to go over their heads, it then hangs down too far......
So now, I just pull them from the base, keep the pass myself and use it as a timer. Could have saved a bunch of money just using a kitchen timer.....

Life As I Know It said...

Oh my gosh...that was funny!
Just found your blog through temporary insanity. Good stuff!

Jill said...

Don't feel bad. My neighbor got fired as a sub because she wouldn't let the first graders go to the bathroom AT ALL!

She claims they were trying to trick her to get out of class! The kids were six years old for pete's sake!

P.S. I hope that little girl didn't catch that nasty staph infection that's going around. :)

Jenny said...

LOL You are really funny at night! We are laughing so hard I think we need a hall pass!!