Thursday, 4th period, with 4 minutes left in class and still another period to go until lunch
I look up from my book to see ten sixth grade students hunched over our class novel, Number the Stars, reading and listening intently.
I know we are not going to finish the chapter, but I don't have the heart to stop. I decide to let the audio continue to the end of the page.
They don't move.
We listen until we hear, "Mama, what is this?"
I push pause, and the commotion begins.
One student throws himself back on his chair and yells, "NO!"
Another student looks up at me wide-eyed and shrieks, "You left us on a cliff hanger!"
Two more shout, "Can we keep reading?"
The bell rings, and they all gather their belongings, moaning how unfair it is that we can't keep reading.
I smile and follow them out the door. I walk across the hall to a group of my 8th graders who are working with my co-teacher.
They look and state, "Mrs. Morris, your 6th graders are really mad at you!"