Friday, April 7, 2017
I was covering the math class at the continuation high school. They work on computers at their own pace. So, I spent the period monitoring them, trying to keep them on task.
But, when I'm there, they're on sub behavior. Their teacher (who is pretty strict) doesn't let them get away with a lot, so they're more likely to act up around me. Deep sigh.
When I'd see a kiddo not on task, I would ask if they were stuck and needed my help. Usually they said no and they'd get back on task, at least while I was standing over them. (This also elicited actual queries for help some of the time. And help I was happy to give.)
So, when I saw Parnell playing a game, I approached.
Parnell did need help. But rather than calmly explain what he wasn't getting, he flailed about, saying he didn't get anything and he couldn't do anything.
He was doing a unit on getting paid. Taking yearly salaries and breaking them down into how much one would get on a specific paycheck. So, I calmly read the question with him: if someone was getting paid monthly, and their annual salary was X, what would one need to do to figure out how much per paycheck?
He finally got an answer... that didn't match any of the choices he was given.
After some more flailing about, I had him do the problem again. Apparently he had miskeyed into the calculator as he got a right answer this time.
Since he was apparently back on track, I walked away. Only to look over and see he was back on his game. Naturally.
(The newest popular game at the continuation high school is Town of Salem. Considering the type of kiddos there, this is not surprising.)
Have you ever played Town of Salem? What is your favorite computer game?
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