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Teacher spends day as a 7th grade student

1st Period Choir 1st Period Choir
2nd Period World History 2nd Period World History
3rd Period Science 3rd Period Science
4th Period FACS (Home Ec) 4th Period FACS (Home Ec)

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Have you ever wanted to go back in time? That's what Annie Camp 7th Grade English Teacher Cassandra Sabbatini did today. Based on persuasive letter assignments to the principal, Sabbatini followed a seventh grader's schedule to see what a day of school is really like.

Sabbatini's day began in Choir with Mrs. Warner. Next, she rushed from the choir room to World History for her 2nd period class that is upstairs in the farthest corner of the main building with in the 4 minute time limit.

"I'm scared I'm going to be tardy. I mean we were clear on the other side of the campus," proclaims the worried teacher.

Up next was Science class and a crossword puzzle all about energy sources. 4th period was FACS (Home Ec) where it was time to learn all about the parts of the sewing machine. Sabbatini told me they had made a pillow when she took Home Ec.

"Just in 3 periods I have had 3 totally different teachers. So far I'm not agreeing with the students that it's stressful. However it is hard to change gears from one class to another in such a short time between classes," said Sabatini.

By 5th period, Sabbatini is already rethinking her policy on student potty breaks as she begins to realize four minutes is not enough time to get to your locker for your books and get to your next class while sneaking in a bathroom break on the way.

"Maybe my next teacher will let me go." So what do you tell your kids? I asked. "Do it between classes and now I'm going to think twice. There's not enough time," said Sabatini.

Fortunately her next class was taught by fellow English teacher Keith Pringle and he generously let her slip down the hall, with a hall pass.

At lunch time, Sabbatini had gone nearly six hours without a break. Tired and hungry, she treads into the lunch room for a much welcome meal.

A couple of students said it was nice she was there, but she wasn't getting the full experience with no homework. They believed she was not really feeling the pressure. Another student told me the kids were still acting good because in reality, the new "student", was still a teacher.

"Many students have come to me and said I should spend a couple of days to get the idea of home work of which I do agree. The only class so far I've gotten homework is in English," Sabbatini agrees.

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