Tuesday--Students sit at the tables with their materials, laughing, talking, giggling, whispering, despite repeated reminders, SHHHs, and checking on from their teacher and loving librarian. Hey--there's still three days to go! One student takes a nap.
are reminded even though their teacher is absent that all 33 of their notecards are due Friday. "WHAT?" 33 cards? You're crazy, I'll never get that done." Some moan and groan. Some continue to laugh, talk, etc. and a few buckle down to work. One student hides out on the couch.
Thursday--Students sit at tables furiously scribbling random notes that will never amount to a paper on note cards. They give the evil eye to their mean substitute (the teacher has the flu) and the librarian who dares torture them with this job. A few still laugh and talk--they are the ones that will NEVER, EVER DO AN ASSIGNMENT. But mostly, no one wants to listen to them. Some students show the librarian their three cards they have completed out of 30 for the week. One student finishes coloring his shoe with a pen and begins on the back of his belt.
Friday--Students enter the room. Some grab their chosen books or find a computer and begin to write--even before the bell rings! Some of them show off their finished cards to their teacher--they did homework! Some plead for more time but give up complaining when told "too bad" and manage to finish the assignment before the end of the class period. Some look frantically for all their lost note cards. One student throws down his pen, slams his inked-in shoe to the floor and says, "I give up. You never give us enough time to finish this stuff."
Friday Evening-- The librarian goes home, collapses in a chair and contemplates other ways to make a living. But then decides that perhaps her week would make an entertaining blog and proceeds to write about it. She feels better.