I've been dithering about, trying to figure out who I was going to blog about today. And it's hard. Because I have two great candidates.
It was Friday in a biology class, and they had a test. Well, it was more of a quiz. And for the most part, the classes behaved well (except for 5th period, but they were awful in the usual way). So, I was stumped as to how I was going to make a blog post out of it.
But, there were two interesting students. I don't know that either of them deserves a full blog post, though.
In 3rd period there was Nia. When she saw the quiz, she announced loudly that she knew nothing on it. (It was 11 questions: 5 multiple choice questions, 4 true/false questions, and 2 short answer questions.) The class got to work, and I didn't think too much more about Nia.
Then, as I was walking the room, I found Nia stretched out across her desk, head down in a pose of one who is most put upon. There were sighs coming from her direction. I intervened when she started drumming on her desk.
About the time when half the class had finished, I found Nia rifling through her notebook. With her biology notes.
I took her quiz and walked away.
Nia protested. She wasn't finished. Then what was she doing in her notebook? She explained that she was looking for some homework to complete for when she had finished her quiz.
So many things wrong with that explanation I don't know where to start.
Then in 4th period I got into a conversation with Brandon. (This was after everyone had finished the quiz and they were supposed to be working on a worksheet which I gave them.)
It started out as what seemed like a joke. Brandon explained that all he wanted to do with his life was become a drug dealer. As the conversation progressed, I became more and more convinced that he was serious.
Just picture me shaking my head.
On the bright side, aside from 5th period these were the problems of the day. So, in all, not too bad.
How do you convince a 14-year-old boy that he can do more with his life than become a drug dealer?
Wait. I know the answer to this one...