It started last week. A few of my more mischievous students began asking me for rubber bands. They insisted they were to secure their loose colored pencils so I believed them. Then I began noticing more and more students with rubber bands. But they were not playing with them during class so I disregarded it. Then early this week during recess some of the students stayed in the classroom. They had split into two groups and were hiding on opposite sides of the room behind chairs and using the rubber bands to fling little pieces of folded paper at each other. Not one to enjoy raining on their parade, I told them to stop purely for safety reasons.
Now we come to Thursday. While writing on the white board during science I saw in the reflection that a student was throwing something. Of course, I couldn’t see which student it was but I had my suspicions. As we moved onto English while I was correcting a student’s work at my desk I saw another student use a rubber band to fling a piece of folded paper.
I stopped the class and asked the students to give me all their rubber bands. I was completely shocked when no one argued and they all willingly gave me the rubber bands. I was even more shocked when each of the guilty students started handing me not one, but a whole collection of rubber bands. Then I told the students to hand in their supply of folded papers. This is when things got interesting (for me, probably not for you). Students had entire pencil cases full of these ridiculous papers. Mind you, throughout this entire process I wasn’t mad. Quite the opposite. I thought it was amusing, probably not the right attitude. But it was hard to be mad because the students were not fighting me when I asked them to turn in the supplies. When I went to return the rubber bands to the supply closet, I took out a bag holding hundreds of rubber bands. Once the students saw how many rubber bands I had in the closet, some of them got up and swarmed me with that zombie look in their eyes, while chanting “rubber bands!” Really the whole thing was quite amusing.
On Friday students were asked to write a haiku. One of the guilty students from the day before came up to me to show me what he had written. I committed it to memory with the intention of posting it here.
I love rubber bands
Rubber bands are the most fun
We use them to play