3rd Grade and Up
This story is about Class 507 and one day, after a disastrous science experiment, Ms. Bryce quits and walks out in the middle class. But through a mix-up, the school office doesn’t find out. At first the fifth graders enjoy goofing off, but after a few days that starts getting boring, and the students that school without a teacher isn’t easy, cooperating is difficult, and keeping a secret this big is harder than they thought.
When I found this book, I was like “WHAT?! How would that even happen? How are they going to get away with this?”
I’ve had many teachers who were clearly not qualified to be teachers. I’ve only had a handful of good teachers. I’ve had teachers who couldn’t control the class at all and the students around me just talked the entire time. I never understood why everyone talked to each other so much; I don’t really understand it now. What were they talking about so much back then? It was so annoying.
But teachers don’t have it easy. They have to put up with almost 30 kids at a time and keep their attention. They also have to plan lessons and grade homework. Have you seen some people’s handwriting? It’s pure chicken scratch.
This book goes into the social static of the classroom: the boys who goof around the whole time, the bullies, the smart kids, the stuck up girly girls, the quiet kid. We all knew these sorts of kids growing. Which one were you?
This kind of reminds me of the movie ‘The Breakfast Club.’ How the characters grow throughout the story. The children learn through the experience, coming out better and gaining an appreciation or their past teacher.
You pretty much know that this is all going to blow up in their faces eventually but it’s fun to see just how long they can keep this up.