I have 20 kids in my reading class. Everyday I try to read one-on-one with 4 or 5 of them. While I am listening to their peers read, the remainder of the class has assignments to complete. They should be busy and productive, but it doesn’t always happen. There was a considerable amount of off task behavior in one of my reading quartets today. After a while I grew tired of reprimanding them.
Me: Okay, gentlemen, since you’ve had recess all thorugh reading class, you can come back and finish your work at lunch time.
Rico: Yes, Miss.
Vincent: Yes, Miss.
Richard: Yes, Miss.
Kurt: I don’t want to.
Kurt: Give me another chance.
Me: You’ve already had six.
Kurt: But I want recess.
Me: You just had it.
Kurt: I’m not coming.
Me [shrugging]: I can’t make you, but what are you going to say to Mr. F. when he asks why you didn’t show up?”
Kurt [bugged eyed]: Who’s telling him?
Kurt [slumping in his seat and mumbling]: Tattler.
Me: Did you say something?
Kurt [sitting up straight and smiling]: I want to apologize for playing in class.
Me: Thank you, I appreciate that.
Kurt: Can I go to recess?
Me: Nice try.
Kurt [slumped in his chair and mumbling again]: Mean tattler.