Again, I’m using the random first line generator at http://writingexercises.co.uk/firstlinegenerator.php.
“As he fell, he waited for”
As he fell, he waited for the impact. It was inevitable. All falls come to an end. They would find out sooner or later that he had chosen not to give the standard test in September. He desperately tried to generate rationale which might help his case, but the truth was the kids just seemed so tired…and scared. He couldn’t feel good about giving them a test so early in the year when their whole lives had just been turned upside down. First they were 5th graders and at the top of their school. Next they had a summer of freedom where they were learning who they were becoming and why it mattered. Then suddenly–new school, new structure, no recess, and many teachers who shot sarcastic remarks at every gaffe making it more difficult and nerve-wracking to navigate this new world.
So–he skipped the test and told the administrators that he wasn’t sure why the scores hadn’t shown up in the data. His students would have to take the test, he knew, but now they were stronger and more ready. It was worth the fall after all.