One of my students recently asked me about my favorite memory of teaching at Saint Lawrence Academy. While I have too many to mention, there is one specific incident which stands out for me. I was teaching a 1st period class of Juniors (Social Justice) back in 2008. Two students, who carpooled together from Evergreen, were in the habit of stopping at Starbucks on their way to school. This caused them to be late for class a number of times. Just days after I scolded them for their lack of responsibility, they arrived late yet again – on a test day. They strolled into class about 30 minutes late. The class had already completed the test. Their “admit pass” indicated that their absence was excused. When I inquired as to why, they informed me that they’d gotten a flat tire on their way to school that morning. I smelled a rat.
At the end of the period, I told them both to come in at lunch time to take the test they’d missed. When they arrived at lunch, I sat them on opposite sides of the room and facing in opposite directions. During my prep time 3rd period, I had added one additional question to their tests. When they got to the end of the exam, this is what they saw:
_____ 31. Which tire went flat?
a. Front left c. Front right
b. Rear left d. Rear right
The look on their faces was priceless!