In the last General Music class there is a boy and a girl in the back that sit by each other (by complete random chance of my seating chart creation) who have an interesting relationship. They have been accused of "totally liking" each other by their classmates and deny it vehemently. At one point, I read some notes on the back of their quizzes that seemed to be declarations of love. I mentioned them to the girl and she loudly yelled, "I don't like [boy A], I like [boy B]!" and then was embarrassed about the public announcement. She explained to me in a convincing way why these love notes were written (she was explaining an acronym to the boy). Today, we watched a movie and I noticed that their legs were as close as they could possibly be to each other without physically touching. I thought that was humorous enough, but then they decided to hold hands! These two kids are just adorable. When I turned the lights on they ceased contact immediately. They totally like each other.
I recently finished grading some quizzes that had been re-taken by students with IEP's under the supervision of a learning support teacher, who is an expert at following their plans' demands. I love the work that these learning support teachers do, but some of it makes me ask, "Are the assistive requirements this student gets far too lenient, or is this learning support teacher otherwise an educational genius?" One of these students received a perfect 0% on their initial quiz and a perfect 110% on their re-take. Others were almost as drastic, while others still improved their scores by trifling degrees. Educationally philosophical red flags pop up in my mind, but so do the pressures to pass students [almost] no matter what.