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I know we've been gone a while, but we're back with our recap of Abbott Elementary. and how perfect was it that this week started with the phenomena that have been terrorizing schools all year long- student behavior by way of Tik Tok Challenges.
Remember when students were ripping objects from the bathroom? Tik Tok Challenge.
Remember when students were using gell pellet guns to shoot unsuspecting suspects? Tik Tok Challenge.
Remember the challenge of calling in threats to schools? Tik Tok Challenge.
This week the kids at Abbott Elementary started a hilarious challenge where they recorded themselves jumping from desk to desk for social media.
What's weirdly accurate is the shock when the staff stares at the next stupid challenge and wonders (like all teachers)... "what the hell is wrong with those kids?"
Or what's better is the school's investigation when they discover that in Janine's class, the kids have been "desking." Anyone who's worked in schools knows that kids have brilliant 'poker faces,' and despite the staff's best rendition of bad cop vs. good cop, the kids don't fold.
Now let me stop for the moment that Janine thought calling the district office would support the school in controlling this behavior. Of course, this is NEVER the right move, but it was poetic justice when, instead of stopping the behavior (i.e., bringing parents in, more classroom support, etc.) when the district decided just to take away desks.
Yes, that's right- no desks in a school.
While in the end, they did what any good parent knows - if parents do the challenge, it makes it automatically NOT cool.
Lessons learned this week:
- District Office never has answers that we need to solve problems.
- Our co-workers have cool personal lives. (We love Gregory's boyfriend's love for shoes.)
- It's never a good idea to take desks away from the classroom.