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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)

TITLE: Turnabout Day
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom


Excitement buzzed throughout the auditorium. It was Turnabout Day. Members of the Senior Class and teachers switched places. Done in fun, students mocked teachers, while the adults took a trip down memory lane.

Laughter erupted from the auditorium when Holly, the President, cleared her throat. She was dressed in a long, flowery skirt, with a ghastly purple blouse, buttoned to her chin. The pièce-de-résistance was the pair of glasses around her neck dangling from a gaudy chain. She was a doppelgänger for Mrs. Topping, the Honors English teacher.

On the stage were rows of desks, with the infamous teachers at each one. Mr. Malone slouched in his chair, chewing gum. Holly carried the wastebasket to him and just pointed.

The Vice President, Tim, stood and faced his new class. “Today, we’ll be having a quiz.” The students/teachers groaned in unison. “Quiet! No talking. Keep your papers face down.” Tim’s voice boomed over the snickering in the auditorium. Even the students that didn’t directly participate took delight in watching the spectacle unfold in front of them.

Mr. Malone flipped his test over and immediately raised his hand. “Oooh-oooh, I don’t get this. It don’t make sense.”

Tim walked over and scowled. “Hmm, seems clear to me. You only have ten minutes; I suggest you start.”

Staring at the paper, Mr. Malone couldn’t help chuckling as he picked up his pen and read the questions.

Directions: Translate the following text and IM phrases:

1. brb pbb


3. picnic rofl

4. onud

5. prte @ brbies 2moro ru goin

6. nalopkt keep otdl

7. g2g

8. ruok yucrin 86 dat luzer?

9. I<3u

10. lttic

Clearing her throat, Holly collected the papers. “Pay attention. These are lessons you’ll take with you when you enter the real world.”

When the students/teachers started whispering, Tim quietly walked up behind Mr. Malone, and smacked the wooden pointer on the desk. He jumped out of his chair, almost tipping it over; the audience roared with laughter. Tim bent over Mr. Malone and whispered “Not as funny, when it’s your desk, is it?”

Mr. Malone just grinned at Tim. “Point taken, I’ll try not to slam the pointer on your desk the next time you fall asleep in my class.”

Tim took the papers from Holly and rifled through them. “We want to share some of the answers with the class. Hmm, most of the students figured out BRB stands for be right back, but there seems to be quite a few blanks on pbb. Any help from the audience?”

The crowd shouted, “Parents behind back.”

Holly walked in front of Mrs. Topping. “Here’s a creative answer. There’s a picnic at Ralph’s house.” Holly shook her head. “The correct answer is problem in chair, not in computer.” She looked at Mrs. Topping, “That question seems prophetic. There’s no Ralph, just people—rolling on the floor, laughing.”

Tim chuckled, “Everyone was stumped by number six. Ironically, the answer is: not a lot of people know that, keep it on the down-low. Hmm, perhaps we were too secretive.”

Holly glanced up, “Mr. Malone was the only one who answered number five correctly. Party at Barbie’s tomorrow, are you going? It seems Ed,” she nodded at Mr. Malone, “knows about parties.”

Tim clapped his hands to quiet the hooting. “Here are the correct answers.”

1. Be right back. Parents behind back

2. I don’t think so

3. Problem in chair, not in computer

4. Oh no, you didn’t

5. Party at Barbie’s tomorrow, are you going?

6. Not a lot of people know that; keep it on the down-low.

7. Got to go

8. Are you okay; why are you crying over that loser?

9. I love you.

10. Look, the teacher is coming.

Holly started passing out gadgets. “The practical part of the exam starts now. You have three minutes to type this message onto your screen, using only 50 characters. Yes, Ed, that includes spaces. The phrase is: What are you doing tonight? I heard there’s going to be a party at Malone’s house. He’s paying for everything. The whole school is invited.

“You may begin now.”

There were beeps, inappropriate words, and giggling. Tim called, “Time!” just as Mrs. Topping raised her hand.

“I did it!”

Tim picked up her blackberry, “Congratulations. Only, Mrs. Topping figured out how to power on her device. No message, but it’s turned on. With that,I think we’ll end Turnabout Day. Thank you all for participating.”

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Laury Hubrich 11/12/10
Funny and true to a point but this wouldn't apply to the 'hip' teachers or the new ones:)

Cute entry.
Jesus Puppy 11/12/10
ROFL.... If we only had Cell phones in my day, it could have been worse. ;-)

Well done funny story.
Beth LaBuff 11/12/10
LOL! I can see this playing out in a school setting. What a riot! I totally enjoyed your story and I even learned some new lingo. :) Fun, Fun!
Tammie Smith11/13/10
I enjoyed this. It made me smile.
Henry Clemmons11/13/10
Great humor. We never had a day like that, but it sounds like it would have been fun. Super creative and use of topic. Great job.
Edmond Ng 11/14/10
Hmm, maybe we should try that out some day switching roles with others so we can understand each other better. Nicely written—I enjoyed the read completely!
Gregory Kane11/14/10
Seriously funny. I am SO glad you included the answers for old fossils like me!
Virgil Youngblood 11/14/10
Saying "hello" on a telephone is challenge enough for me. Deciphering text messages -- impossible.
Catrina Bradley 11/14/10
I learned a lot of new words today! I kept scrolling up and down, translating the acronyms. Great fun! Well done on this topic.
Caitlyn Meissner11/15/10
What a great idea for an article! I enjoyed this one a lot, especially the ending. Good job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/16/10
This is one teacher who really enjoyed your turnaround day. Very well done!
Carol Penhorwood 11/17/10
Not only creatively done, but informative AND entertaining! What more could we want?
Loren T. Lowery11/17/10
I'm learning so much from this week's articles. This is imaginative and well-written and easy to imagine the whole scenario as it unfolded. Great job!
Lillian Rhoades 11/17/10
You had to have as much fun writing this as I had reading it. Great idea and well incorporated into your story.
Indeed, it's a whole new lingo out there,and I certainly would have flunked the test!
Barbara Lynn Culler11/17/10
You sneaky girl! I "got" it and am VERY honored!

You did an outstanding job on this, Shann! I Hope it places!
Gregory Kane11/19/10
I'm very surprised this didn't place. It's the best you've written in a while. Good flow, humour, clever reversal, up-beat tone. That's just the way it goes...
Melissa Lindsey11/20/10
I LOVED this article! I have two teenage children and I can heavily relate to how the teachers felt that day.

So funny! Great job.
AnneRene' Capp11/25/10
Unbelievably GREAT...I really can't believe you didn't place with this and would love to know why not! This is absolutely ingenious not to mention hysterical. Great, Great job Shann.
Amy Michelle Wiley 04/09/11
Haha, this is hilarious.