Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I warned the class about cell phones. They are supposed to be put away and silenced so that the students are not tempted to use them during class. But I think some students are so used to having them in their hands that they can't seem to relinquish them.
English class at the continuation high school. They were given a sheet with their assignment on it--the usual sort of read-a-story-out-of-the-book-and-answer-questions deal. I went through these instructions point by point.
Part of the assignment was to copy the vocabulary words for the story. This is common enough that the students copied the word and definition even though that's not what the instructions said. They were to copy the word, the part of speech, and write one synonym for each term.
(Synonym was helpfully defined in parentheses on the instructions page.)
I indicated thesauruses. Some used those. Some figured out synonyms from the definition. Some didn't bother to do the assignment.
One girl was struggling. I mentioned thesaurus. But her phone was on her desk...
I shouldn't have...
"Or you could type 'define appreciate' into Google..."
Because synonyms pop up, too.
She did. Completed that portion of the assignment.
And I hang my head in shame.