Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Advanced English language development and 9th grade English. (Non-native speakers.) We're on end of year countdown, so this teacher has his classes reading.
For two hours.
Personally, I'd love this. Sit and read for two hours? A book of my own choosing (within certain boundaries)? But 9th graders...
They whined. "This book is boring." They fidgeted. But somehow they got quiet and stayed there. (They did get a break in the middle.)
Bernardo. Reading The Outsiders. Well, sort of.
My job: watch the class and make sure no one disturbed the silence. Yes, I was doing other things as well, but I'd stop and scan the room frequently. Noting all the heads buried in their books. Hopefully engrossed by the stories.
Bernardo looked back at me. Not in the "I feel eyes on me so I look up" sort of way. No. His head was up when I looked his way. He looked right at me.
So, I watched. And waited.
Most students know that this is when they go back to reading, or at least making a pretense of reading. Not Bernardo. He continued to stare back at me. And then he turned it into a game, giving me funny or flirty looks.
I mouthed, "Read".
Then five minutes later we'd do it all over again. Deep sigh.
(Silent reading assignments--way more stressful than they ought to be.)
Ah well. This teacher is not the type to put up with this sort of thing, so Bernardo likely had an interesting day the next day.
Funnily enough, several students who started out the day whining about their books told me that they were getting good when I called time. So, at least some of them were on task.