Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Minty Fresh Breath? Gross!

During my preparation hour I sometimes shut my classroom door and let Kyle roam free. Since there are inevitable pencils, candy wrappers, and scraps of paper left on the floor, this is a great time for Kyle to practice ignoring tempting goodies.

Just a few minutes ago, Kyle found a new source of snacks.

(The undersides of my student desks are loaded with gum. Yuck!)

It took me a minute to figure out what Kyle was doing when his face looked like this.

(Kyle with his nose sniffing the underside of a desk.)

However, after Kyle visited a couple more desks, I figured out what he was doing. While I appreciated his help in cleaning my desks, I'd rather Kyle have dog breath than recycled minty fresh breath.

(Kyle about to give into the temptation of another mid-morning treat.)

Now that I had to fish out already-chewed gum from Kyle's mouth, I need to find a student who would rather serve detention in my room after school instead of at the usual 6:15 am session. Someone needs to clean up the desks, and Kyle isn't going to be the one to do it. Gross!

Update on October 6, 2010:
Seven students just left my class after 45 minutes of cleaning desks. I set Kyle free, and he immediately started sniffing the underside of every desk. The silly boy looks pretty confused as to why all his after school snacks disappeared.


  1. Ew! That is nasty! I hate when people put their gum under the desks.

  2. That is too funny! I love these little random tales from Kyle's life! :)

  3. My AP Lang. and Comp. teacher my junior year had allowed gum chewing in his class as long as people threw it away properly. up until my year that is. Apparently the year before us didn't do such a great job of throwing away their gum they just stuck it under the desk. So my year, the year after, and still this year anyone caught chewing gum in his class has to come in for their lunch period and scrape the underside of desks until lunch is over.

  4. my 1st pit Tacoma loved going into the ivy or planters (I work at a college) and coming up with gum. I knew she was up to something when I would notice her head moving up and down, only then did I realize that she was chewing gum! Minty fresh breath aside it was really gross!

  5. I just updated this post if you want the rest of the story. :)

  6. Oh. My. Goodness. That is too funny. Just like toddlers, you think you have the place properly baby-proofed and they prove you wrong. :)