I’m walking with my lunch back to my classroom. Headed the other direction toward the cafeteria are hordes of students. I recognize one student from last year just as he tilts his chin up and spits his gum out onto the sidewalk in front of him.
Me: “L*****, please pick that up off the ground.”
L*****: (As he whirls around to get it) “OH my GOD.”
Me: “Yes, I’M the one that’s ridiculous.”
L*****: (As he walks away) “Yes, you are ridiculous.”
Me: “And throw it in a trash can properly.”
This is but one small sample of the responses I get when correcting a student’s behavior at this school. At least he picked it up. Many students won’t even admit behavior you just witnessed with your own eyes.