Either the 8th graders have changed or I have. I'm not sure which.
(If you're looking for my usual "what if?" question for the week, it got posted on Monday. Special occasion for Blog Action Day. A new "what if?" will be here next Thursday.)
It was an 8th grade English class. The assignment was to read a short story out of their workbooks.
I like the way that the textbooks do this. It isn't just a story with questions at the end. There are questions that go along the margin of each page, and the students are required to circle things, underline things, and generally interpret the story as they read it. It seems more interactive.
The assignment was of the do-it-on-your-own variety. I explained the assignment to them. I went over how they were to look at the questions as they did the reading. And then I gave this instruction:
"I know I've never been able to talk and read at the same time, so I expect that you will all be working quietly on this assignment."
And they did!
This never works. Yet, this time it did.
Like I said, either they've changed or somehow I've managed to figure out how to get them to work silently. Or they're really scared of their teacher. I think I'll go with option 3.