- We could get her fired so you have to stay!
- Someone should run her over with their car!
- Just tell her we don't want her!
- Tell her she's a bad mom if she leaves her new baby!
I kid you not, each of these suggestions came from the mouths of my students. Of course, I told them I could not condone any acts of violence or shame in the interest of protecting my job, but I did appreciate the sentiment.
Of course, they were desperate to know where I'd be going, so I explained that I will be looking for another teaching job and subbing in the meantime. This is when I heard the most hilarious suggestion of all:
Student: We've decided we're going to LICK the floor!
Me: What? Why would you do that?
Student: So we can load ourselves up with germs and spread them to all our teachers!
Me: Why would you do that?
Student: So they get really sick, and you can sub for them!
By 8th period, this message had spread through most of my students, and one of the paras who works in my class told me she now understood why a student was randomly petting her in the hallway between class.
My 9th period honors class (to be honest, my favorite group) was the most upset of the day. They pleaded with me to become a para again so I can work in their classroom even after their teacher returns. I explained that the district wouldn't just pay me to come hang out every day and that there has to be a need for that position. I also informed them that since they are an honors class, it is not supported, so they wouldn't keep me in that room anyway. At this, one of my students announced,
Quick! Someone start acting like a fool so the district sees they have to hire her!
I have to admit, that it felt really good to know how disappointed they are that I'm leaving. I told them I was equally as sad to be leaving and that they made me feel really loved.