Out of the blue, a student asked to leave the classroom a minute before the bell rang.
Also out of the blue, I offered a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors for the blessing to leave early. Best out of three. Me versus a fourteen year-old.
Several days later, the student asked to play again as did each of her friends. So, I played again. The games went well past the bell.
And I won. Again, and again, and again. The kids leave with a half-smile, half frown.
So, after a month of playing Rock, Paper, Scissors against various fourteen year-olds, I remain undefeated. No one has left a minute early and the adrenaline thrums at the end of class with each passing day.
A conservative estimate would have me at 20-0 after my 4-0 sweep of four different girls today. And I am starting to generate a lot of energy and excitement each time we play--my opponent and I will each chant out Rock-Paper-Scissor--shoot!
Sometimes I almost feel bad after they go up 1-0 on me in a best out of three game, only to lose the neck two shoots.
It leaves me wondering if they have any strategy? I think I have a strategy when I play...I think I can read the landscape of the game as it unfolds...but, I ask, can one have a Rock, Paper, Scissors strategy?
Am I just lucky?
Or do I have something going here--toppling fourteen year-olds in Rock, Paper, Scissors? I am thinking I need to order one of these bad to the bone Rock, Paper, Scissors tshirts...
Seriously though--these types of moments are just one part of what makes teaching middle school kids priceless.