Saturday, December 10, 2011

Moments with Joey - Attendance

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SCENE 1, INTERIOR. AFTERNOON, CLASSROOM. The teacher has returned from his trip to New York, and his first day back at school has just ended. All the students have left for the day with the exception of one-fifth grade boy. The boy is milling about by the classroom door. After a minute or two, the boy approaches his teacher who is finishing reading their journal entries from the weekend.

JOEY: How was your trip, Mr. Z?

TEACHER: It was pretty good; I had a lot of fun.

[Pause]

JOEY: Cool…

[There is another short pause as the teacher enters grades, and the boy stands in front of his desk].

TEACHER: Hey, Joey…I just noticed that you didn’t turn in your journal entry this morning...

JOEY: Oh, I was absent last week so I didn’t know what the topic was.

TEACHER: You were absent every day that I was gone in New York?

JOEY: Uh, yeah…I felt a little bit sick.

[Pause].

TEACHER: You know I looked at your attendance records from last year; you seem to have missed an awful lot of school. [Pause]. But this year you hardly ever miss a day…that’s so strange. You usually seem to be absent only on the days that I’m not here...

[The boy looks a bit guilty and rocks back and forth from foot to foot].

TEACHER: If I didn’t know better, I’d say you stayed home because you missed me, and didn’t want to come to school because I wasn’t here.

[The boy freezes in place, stunned; his expression clearly indicates that his teacher nailed it exactly. The teacher narrows his eyes slightly and lowers his voice].

TEACHER: You skipped school because you missed me, didn’t you?

[The boy’s face flushes to bright red as he moves toward the door].

JOEY: Uh, I’d better get home, Mr. Z.

[As the boy steps out the door, the teacher calls after him].

TEACHER: Hey, Joey!

[After a second, the boy pokes his head through the doorway].

JOEY: Yeah?

TEACHER: I missed you, too; besides, if I hadn’t come to school for a few days and I wasn't me, I probably wouldn’t have come either.

[The boy breaks into a grin and vanishes through the door].

[Fade the black].

13 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Joey's smilin' cuz he realizes Mr. Z. is on the same page as he is... :-)

mintifresh said...

Oh how I <3 Joey!

Mamma has spoken said...

Oh how they are able to wrap themselves inside our hearts when we least expect it.
Yes I have some Joeys in my life that I would miss terribly.

Joan said...

Awww! Teachers make differences that we cannot enter into gradebooks.

mCat said...

Best joey ever!!!

tammy said...

Aww!! This brought a tear to my eye. I love it when my primary kids see me on Sunday and come up and give me a big hug. Lucky you, you get that every day.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Aw! It's good to be loved. :)

♥Miya said...

You're the coolest teacher ever! Another would most likely have yelled at Joey and said he was being lazy, and never would have considered any alternative.

Stacey said...

Funny guy!

Richard & Natalie said...

Awww...they love you. They really, really love you!

And we love Joey right back!

Teachinfourth said...

I called them from NY on their last day of school and had the sub put me on speakerphone. It was good to hear them - after all - I missed them, too.

Rachel said...

He's not the only one that missed you.....

Karen Peterson said...

Aw, that's so sweet.

I usually preferred the days when my teachers weren't there...

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