My student sidled up to me in that way students have when you're standing at the front of the class and they don't want anyone else to overhear what they're saying. She had papers in her hand.
She mumbled something, so I leaned towards her to hear better, apologized, and asked her to repeat what she'd said.
"I think I have strep, so I want to leave class early today." She held out her paper for me to take.
Thanks for sharing.
And, yes, this same student had been doing the chew and pull with her gum just a few minutes earlier.