Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Appropriate Reading Material
So... Um... Yeah... Summer school.
I got the assignment a couple weeks ago. Kinda expected it to fall through, but it didn't. The day before, my cold went all full-blown, but I made a miraculous recovery just in time.
The class was 9th grade English, but it was filled with students from all high school grade levels. Because they were making up the failed class.
On the first day (yup, I was covering the first day of summer school), I went over the teacher's syllabus. They were required to bring a book every day for reading time. Something "grade-level appropriate".
I informed them that Captain Underpants wasn't grade-level appropriate. Nothing against it, but it should be a little below their reading level.
"What about Fifty Shades of Grey?"
I explained that it would have to be a book that their parents would allow them to read. (That was actually in the syllabus.) The boy said his parents wouldn't mind.
The next day, the boy brought a book. I didn't see much more than the title, but it looked fairly appropriate.
Another boy, however, had that iconic Windsor knot sitting atop his desk.
And that's where it stayed. I did not see him crack open the book once. He borrowed magazines to read when it was time to read.
I wonder if he was just trying to get a reaction from me. I disappointed him, then. For I didn't react at all.
I did, however, make mention of it in my note...