Head of Class, Part 2: The Food Drive for Mr. Wood
One of my classes failed a test I gave them recently. The class average was 55.6%. I admit I made the test too hard and did not cover some subject matter as in depth as I should have, so part of their failure was my fault. Still, my students thought it would be easy and they obviously did not study.
The next day when I arrived, students came to class with frozen dinners and cookies. One girl brought a homemade cheesecake. Several students from the cooking class brought in a huge teriyaki bowl for my lunch. I was quite embarrassed at first and then I thought it was pretty cool that these students were bringing this stuff in. Do I have any shame? Did I return the food? Um… NO. I kept it -- That’s lunch and dinner for the next week!
I did share the cookies and cheesecake with them. Sure, teachers may not be able to afford a car, home, or new shoes, but I would challenge folks to come up with interactions and stories like this. High school students are so funny and unpredictable you never quite know what they are going to do. They keep things fresh and keep me on my toes.
And the food keeps coming… On Wednesday I got about eight cans of chili/beans, four or five cans of soup, a whole box of doughnuts, a few cookies and one frozen dinner. One of my students who forgot to do his homework and is failing my class brought in two cans of beans. Shocking, I know. I now have enough food to eat lunch for the next two weeks or so… though the beans could get rough by about fourth period. (Editor's note: Matt has horrible gas.)