Friday, March 25, 2016
Economics. 12th grade. Written on the board, they had a huge list for their assignment. But, each item on that list was only a question or two. So, not a terribly bad assignment. Not even all that long, really.
They groaned a bit when they saw it, but it didn't take them that long to settle to silence. And most finished easily before the end of the period.
It was a normal Friday. By that, I mean that there were a lot of teachers out. There were so many absent teachers that the district was unable to get subs for them all. Five teachers at that school didn't have their very own subs for the day. Including the teacher for this class. I was covering this period as it was the prep period of the teacher I had been called in to cover.
This teacher had called out Friday morning. And he did what many teachers do when they call out at the last minute. He made sure his classes were busy while he had a sub.
This is a good thing. Students with nothing to do tend to get into mischief. (Although, I doubt this group would have been a problem.)
But... Sometimes it's pretty clear that the assignment is just something assigned to keep them busy. And by senior year, the students are pretty adept at recognizing assignments as such.
I got one paper back titled "Busy Work". I had to laugh. It was true.