Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Appropriate Reading Material


So... Um... Yeah... Summer school.

I got the assignment a couple weeks ago. Kinda expected it to fall through, but it didn't. The day before, my cold went all full-blown, but I made a miraculous recovery just in time.

The class was 9th grade English, but it was filled with students from all high school grade levels. Because they were making up the failed class.

On the first day (yup, I was covering the first day of summer school), I went over the teacher's syllabus. They were required to bring a book every day for reading time. Something "grade-level appropriate".

I informed them that Captain Underpants wasn't grade-level appropriate. Nothing against it, but it should be a little below their reading level.

"What about Fifty Shades of Grey?"

Because, naturally.

I explained that it would have to be a book that their parents would allow them to read. (That was actually in the syllabus.) The boy said his parents wouldn't mind.

The next day, the boy brought a book. I didn't see much more than the title, but it looked fairly appropriate.

Another boy, however, had that iconic Windsor knot sitting atop his desk.

And that's where it stayed. I did not see him crack open the book once. He borrowed magazines to read when it was time to read.

I wonder if he was just trying to get a reaction from me. I disappointed him, then. For I didn't react at all.

I did, however, make mention of it in my note...

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  1. If he was reading magazines, why not just read the book?

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  2. Think he did it just to get a reaction from you? Maybe he doesn't realize you leave notes :)

    betty

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    1. That seems to be the only reason that book gets trotted out. This is the 2nd time I've seen it in a class. And both times, the student didn't read it.

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  3. They're not wasting time making an impression, are they?

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    1. Nope. But these guys failed 9th grade English, so they already have that strike against them.

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  4. Good for you! I actually have a carrying case for soft cover novels. It's cute and functional, complete with built-in handles and bookmark while hiding the title. Unfortunately, e-books obviously don't work with it. ~grin~ Best wishes on summer school!

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    1. Now, if he had tried to hide it, then I might have been concerned. Here's hoping that I get called to sub for summer school again...

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    2. Good point. I was such a "nice" girl that nobody bothered me.

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  5. Funny that these kids will read anything but what they should. He has no idea that you take down notes does he?

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    1. I don't think he was thinking that far ahead, actually. If he did, he probably wouldn't have failed 9th grade English and had to retake it.

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  6. You should have told them that considering the poor writing quality, 50 Shades is also not age appropriate.

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  7. You and your notes. So cruel. ;)

    Clearly if Captain Underpants wasn't age appropriate, Fifty Shades of Gray should have been. After all, there are more pages. And more words. And more… content. lol.

    *sigh*

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    1. Well, content... At this point, it's up to his parents, I think. If they don't mind, then he should be allowed to read it. If they do...

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  8. 50 Shades would certainly be an object lesson in how not to write. Well, except to get one result. It actually could be used as an academic example - just not for 9th graders. Said, of course, by someone who has never taught school. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, it would be an excellent example for a class. Just not one filled with minors.

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  9. I agree with Bookworm's comment about 50 Shades. Good for you for not reacting. They probably won't try anything stupid with you again.

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    1. Oh, they will. This is the 2nd time I've encountered this book in a classroom. The 1st time, the girl didn't read it, either. I think it was more to get a reaction.

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  10. I definitely think he brought it to get a reaction out of you. I don't see teenage boys wanting to read 50 Shades, but I could be wrong.

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    1. Yeah. The problem with the reaction thing is they're assuming things about me. Incorrect things. But they don't know me, so I let them try. It's entertaining.

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  11. Glad you gave him no satisfaction. He doesn't realize he's dealing with a seasoned professional. If I had a child in summer school, I'd shoot them if they blew off that opportunity!
    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  12. It's a good thing you didn't react because that just lets them know they can get to you.

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    1. The thing is, he didn't get to me. Beyond a deep sigh (and the happy dance when I realized I had blog material), that's all I really felt.

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  13. Captain Underpants! Haven't heard that title for years.

    Good for you! Not validating them and their subterfuge was perfect.

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    1. I haven't seen it much around lately, but it was popular in the middle schools for reading time. The kiddos would doodle all over it.

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  14. Never heard of Captain Underpants.
    Coffee is on

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    1. It's a series of books aimed at younger readers--4th grade, I think.

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  15. Maybe he got "Fifty Shades of Grey" for the pictures,
    Bummer, dude.

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  16. I'm glad the boy didn't get a reaction out of you. I'm sure that's what he was aiming for.

    Sunni

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    1. Perhaps. I'm the queen of the underreaction, though. I've perfected the "wha...?" stare.

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  17. Ha! You do have the patience of a saint!

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    1. Nah. I think it helps that the book doesn't actually offend me. (Just the quality of the writing.)

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  18. Hope you're feeling better! Silly kiddo, if he's planning on reading a magazine, might as well just read a book and not get in trouble in your notes lol

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    1. Well, teens don't think that far ahead...

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  19. Guess we know why they failed the class the first time!!

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  20. That's so funny. Even a teenage boy can't bring himself to actually read that terrible writing.

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    1. I think Al is right, he was hoping for pictures.

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  21. Oh you must have the patience of a saint...I can only imagine just how little the kids want to be there. Good blog fodder though.

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