Do You Get Marked Down?

by Linda Knaus
(sing to the tune of “Do Your Ears Hang Low?”)

Do you get marked down
when you’re acting like a clown?
Do you make your teacher mad?
Do you make your teacher frown?
Do you try to get attention,
but instead you get detention?
Do you get marked down?

Do your eyes roll back
when you have a nap attack?
Is your body still awake,
but your mind has hit the sack?
Are you tapped upon the shoulder
when you’re drooling on your folder?
Do your eyes roll back?

Do you do your best
to prepare for every test?
Are you pinning Post-It notes
to the pocket of your vest?
Do they reassign the seating
every time they catch you cheating?
Do you do your best?

Text © Bruce Lansky reprinted from I’ve Been Burping in the Classroom, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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