Thursday, February 18, 2016

Bargaining for Five Stars


The conversation from yesterday's post did not quite end there...

Eventually, the girl let the listening to music issue go. Primarily because others in the class urged her to. I wasn't really paying attention at that point. But something one of the boys said perked my ears right up.

The boy informed the girl that I do, indeed, leave notes for the teacher. And they are detailed notes.

After some prompting, he informed me that he had been in the class I covered the previous day. Algebra 2.

You may have noticed that I have not posted a story about them. It's because I had no good stories about them. How can I possibly make a story about a class that worked silently without me having to do anything besides pass out the assignment interesting?

So, I didn't think my note to the previous day's teacher was all that detailed. What more was there to say other than the classes did what they were supposed to do?

The boy told me that Ms. C had gone over my remarks. He explained to the girl that I gave the classes a rating.

The girl now wanted to know what sort of rating her class would get. I looked around the room. They all appeared to be on task. (They were doing a timeline of World War II.) They were talking, but I hadn't asked for silence. So, I told her they'd get a 4 out of a possible 5.

The girl felt they should get a 5. I explained that 5s are earned for silent classes. But as I hadn't asked for silence, they wouldn't be in trouble for a 4. She countered that since I hadn't asked for silence and they were all on task, they should get the top score.

I wonder what line of work she's going to go into. Because she certainly argued well.

Not that I gave the class a 5. Each number means something, a something that I include with my note. But she was entertaining.

17 comments:

  1. I think she could be a good lawyer :) I had a teacher years ago in high school who wouldn't give out O's for outstanding behavior in class, but gave S's. Her reasoning was everyone should know how to act in class and following the rules was merely satisfactory, never outstanding.

    betty

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    1. Yeah, I see lawyering in her future.

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  2. The girl is going to be a lawyer. I'm sure of it.

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  3. Sounds like my Harley. Always has to have the last word!

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    1. She eventually settled into the assignment, though.

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  4. You got a rep! Which is good, since they know you mean business. There always has to be one that has to argue, huh?

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  5. Oh boy-I see her as a lawyer or someone very irritating because she wants to be right. Oh yes, that would still be a lawyer:)

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  6. It's funny how we always say argumentative kids should be lawyers. Perhaps they'll just grow up to be really annoying argumentative adults!

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    1. True. Which is why I avoided saying that in the post.

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  7. Opinionated kids are the worse :) One first needs to grow up before one starts arguing one's opinions.

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  8. Sounds like the Uber ratings -- we learned that if we use Uber we should ask the driver for "5 for 5" as both the driver and passengers rate each other. In this case, she doesn't get to rate you! Nice try, though.

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    1. I think perhaps they do. When the teacher goes over the note I leave, I know part of that is to ask the students how I did.

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  9. I feel like I need to stick up for lawyers since I work with them. :-) Maybe she'll go into some kind of sales or some other field where she can try to talk people into things.

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    1. Ah, sales. I avoided saying lawyer as I figured there was something else that would use those skills. Sales, definitely.

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  10. Just because she sounded like a lawyer that's not a bad thing. After all, where would we be without them? Wait...don't answer that.

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  11. LOL she sounds like she has a little fire in her. Direct sales or, yeah, lawyer.

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