Saturday, April 02, 2005

Apathy Jack writes:

Anyhoo, my classroom is meant to have 33 desks and a commensurate number of chairs. Strangely, this can fluctuate for reasons not worth going into, but that doesn’t matter (unless of course the Deputy Principal is in a bad mood – then he goes from class to class counting desks, and visits his ire on anyone found unbalancing the system...).

So today, after having my desks all rearranged and messed up for a few weeks for no real reason other than laziness after a few chaotic lessons, I used my free period to realign them in my pattern of choice, and, for the first time this year, I counted them.

I have thirty desks. I have absolutely no idea how long the three desks have been missing, nor do I have any idea where they have gone.

Of course, what then struck me was the fact that I only have twenty-seven chairs.

Over and above also having no accounting for said chairs, another issue presents itself: My Year 11 class has thirty students, and at no point so far has there been an issue of anyone going without a seat.

I don’t know what’s going on here, but I’m pretty sure it’s something I should have noticed earlier...


dreamer said...

would absences be helping?

span said...

have you read Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency?

Apathy Jack said...

I have two copies of the book in my classroom, but I've never read it, no.

span said...

what about The Long Dark Tea Time Of The Soul?

anyway you should read them both, is the point. they may explain the absence of your desks. and you will never feel the same about lamp post lights that go out.