Yes, Johnny, what is it?
“I have to go to the bathroom.”
You just went five minutes ago.
“I have to go again.”
(Big sigh) Okay, Johnny, you can go but hurry back and this is the last time today.
(Big smile) “Okay. I promise.”
What am I going to do with that child? He’s a good kid, but he’s always interrupting the class with something. If he’s not going to the bathroom, he’s talking; if he’s not talking, he’s distracting the other children. Let’s see; here’s his essay. Um, sloppy, several misspelled words right off the bat, pencil smudges everywhere, and the paper is wrinkled.
(Big sigh) I guess I have to read it.
Here we go.
My Favorite Person by Johnnie Adams
My favorite person in the whole entire world and everywhere else is my teacher, Mrs. Goldblat. The reason I like her so much is she always smiles even when I am disturbing things and people and her. I don’t mean to but I just can’t sit still. The work she gives us is to easy for me and I just kind of get bored. I know I go to the bathroom a lot, but that’s because I have a small bladder and I am too embarrassed to tell her about it. I know I bother the other kids, but I don’t have enough paper or colored pencils. My mom says we can’t afford it. She’s still looking for a job. I wish my dad would come back and help her. She tries so hard and when she’s up crying at night I get sad for her. I try not to cry around her because she has enough to do taking care of me and my sisters. I love Mrs. Goldblats’ class. I especially like the pictures on the wall. They remind me of Disney World even though I have never been there. I hope I can go before I grow up. I think it is really just for kids. I think. Anyway, Mrs. Goldblat is my most favorite person in the whole wide world, except for my mom, but I know she know that cause that’s how it is suppose to be.
Appleby Elementary School
October 28, 2006
(Big tears) Yes, Johnnie?
“I’m back. I just wanted to let you know.”
I’m glad Johnnie. Would you come here please?
“Yes, Mam, did I do something wrong?”
(Big hug) No, I just wanted to tell you how glad I am to have you in my class.
“Thank you Mrs. Goldblat.”
Your welcome, Johnnie.
(Big skip back to seat)
“Mrs. Gold blat?”
“Can I borrow a blue colored pencil?”
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