MLMM First Line Friday — The Grade Book

Tamsin’s heart drummed frantically as she tore through her pack, her books, and the messy desk — where was it? She was already running late for her meeting with the principal, but if she showed up without her grade book, she knew her job as a novice teacher would be on the line.

She thought back to her initial interview when she applied for the job. She had emphasized how organized and meticulous she was. And yet, one look at her classroom would belie that claim. She had joked with some of her fellow teachers who were amazed at the mess on her desk by saying, “a messy desk is the sign of an organized mind.”

But now her job was on the line. She was resolute in her determination to find the grade book. Tamsin made a promise to herself that, if she kept her job after this crisis, she would simplify her life by making a concerted effort to tidy up her desk and classroom and to reduce the size of the out-of-control mess.

One of Tamsin’s students stopped at the classroom door and saw his teacher in a frenzied panic. He asked her what was wrong and she explained that she couldn’t find her grade book. He smiled, approached her desk, got down on his knees, reached under her desk, and grabbed a black, spiral-bound book. He stood up and said, “Is this what you’re looking for?”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt, where the first line is, “Tamsin’s heart drummed frantically as she tore through her pack, her books, and the messy desk — where was it?” Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (interview), Your Daily Word Prompt (resolute), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (simplify), and The Daily Spur (size).

9 thoughts on “MLMM First Line Friday — The Grade Book

  1. Sadje March 12, 2021 / 6:51 pm

    Poor girl! Getting stressed out makes you forget even the basics.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. leigha66 March 16, 2021 / 3:03 pm

    That student saved the day! Almost makes me wonder if he hid it there?

    Liked by 1 person

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