Thursday, October 2, 2014

He Looks So Young

Friday in an Algebra I class. Of course they had a quiz. Which was largely uneventful. (This is a very good thing.)

5th period there were three boys who could not sit still. It was a good thing most of the class finished quickly, for I don't think they would have been able to hold it in much longer. When released from the silence, the boys got into a strange conversation.

The only part I heard:

"Which is the warmest ocean?"

"The Pacific? No, the Indian? I don't know."

At which point I chimed in with something about how the boy would learn that in his geography class.

"I'm in the 10th grade."

Freshmen take geography. I assumed he was a freshman. In my defense, he looked young.

Oops.

At which point I asked about his geography class the previous year. He told me who his teacher had been, and I understood.

I really must check the roll sheet before assuming what grade students are in.

12 comments:

  1. Oh my-that is a shame when you know the teacher is bad. This does not help the kids at all and it's a shame

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  2. How old did you think the kid was?

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  3. Now I'm curious which is the warmest ocean, I'm going with Indian myself.

    betty

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  4. Well I didn't know either so I Googled it and there were a few different answers. From what I could see it's Indian then Atlantic then Pacific but it depends where you are of course as well.

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    1. Oceans are so vast that it would depend. The ocean near us is cool, for example.

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  5. Oops! I'm 44 and I didn't know--but now I do after reading Pinky's comment!

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  6. Wow! So much of it comes down to the teacher. That's just too bad. Of course, the student can take it upon himself to learn, but that's a big asking.

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    1. At least they were curious enough to have the conversation.

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  7. I didn't know the answer, either, but I've always been geographically challenged. It's funny how the older one gets, the less age-difference matters. Generations, yes, but there's the disparity between 13 and 15 is enormous compared to the disparity between 41 and 43.

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  8. I agree with you in the comment above- at least they were curious enough to talk about it. Much part of learning comes from curiosity!

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    1. That is true. I'm amazed sometimes at the things they talk about.

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