I know you are right. I'm working on it. That student did end up in big
trouble. He actually brought me back the original form without an essay, and to
top that off I could tell that he had forged the signature. I called his
parents and told them. The next day I asked for his signed detention slip, and he
didn't have it. I told him he had to see the dean. He was all upset,
explained that he didn't want his mom to know because she was going ot take his
music class away. I told him that because of his poor choices he had gotten
himself in worse trouble. The dean made him call his mom right there and then and
tell her he'd be serving the detention that afternoon. Then he got in trouble
with another teacher!
That same day, I gave a detention to a girl in my next period. She hit a
boy, and I immediately gave her one. I think it's getting a little easier for
me, but I still have a lot of work to do. I have these middle schoolers until
next Thursday, and then I get a new batch. I need to figure out a good plan to
start them off right. I'm hoping it will go better.