Friday, May 29, 2015

Distracted


Friday at the continuation high school. English class.

On Fridays they don't usually have much to do. This class was to make up various assignments that they had not completed during the week. So, I passed those out. Then, I managed to browbeat the three talkers into silence. And finally I sat back and monitored the class.

No one was doing any work.

They were seated. They were silent. And every head was turned towards the window.

There was a P.E. class outside. Playing dodgeball. Picture: big guys (they're juniors and seniors, and many were around six foot tall) using half-size multi-colored balls, and throwing them at each other.

Yeah, that's way more interesting than character analyses from To Kill a Mockingbird. At least they were silent...

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  1. Yep, I think I would have been drawn to the dodge ball game myself. But it was good that they were silent as they were watching :)

    betty

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    1. Yeah, I figured silent was good. Considering how rare that is.

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  2. I would've made them all turn their desks to face the wall. Yeah, I'm mean like that.

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  3. I remember in high school, all the guys would play volleyball shirtless at the park down the street from the school. We'd drive by there after school just to check them out. I still think of that when I pass that volleyball net to this day! (It's always completely deserted when I drive by now, by the way.)

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    1. The guys weren't shirtless. School rules and all...

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  4. Dodge ball is way more interesting than literary analysis. I love to read but the second I have to do assignments it's snooze city.

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  5. Closing the shades is what I would have done. I'm like Alex...mean that way!

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    1. I didn't think of that. That would have eliminated that problem.

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    2. you could have lifted them again once eg a page was completed as a kind of reward /behavior modification

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  6. 2 wishes- one for silence and one for work- at least one wish was granted

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    1. And considering how I wasn't expecting much work from them anyway...

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  7. As much as I love a good book - and To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best - I would have been staring out that window, too. I hated character analysis, and I am someone who loves to write. I'm not a teacher, just the mother of an adult son who would have thrived in school with a hands-on, movement intensive learning curriculum. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. And it was Friday. Of a half day. Before a three-day weekend.

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  8. They might have been wishing they were outside playing, too. Spring...

    Yvonne

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  9. Understandable, spring fever and the promise of summer break happening right outside the window.

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  10. Oh anything to get out of working. They would stare at the ceiling if that meant not working

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