Wednesday, April 26, 2017
It's testing time. While not all classes test, the whole school was on block schedule to accommodate those that do. For me, this meant two hour classes.
Mr. W had planned things out well, though. His 10th graders were reading Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, so we started with 40ish minutes of listening to the end of Act III (with breaks for them to answer comprehension questions). Then they had some end of act questions, some vocabulary, and then we started Act IV. We were to finish with the last half hour watching a movie version.
Not that they really watched the movie (even though it was the part where the senate murders Caesar--go to about the 49th minute to see that scene if you're interested). Nor were they really following along with the audio. But they'd rather have the video so I wasn't hassling them about answering questions.
"Let's watch the video for the last hour of class," one boy requested.
The lesson plan was clear. "We'll watch it for the last half hour."
The boy would not be dissuaded. "But the last hour will be better."
Me: "We'll watch the video for the last half hour."
Still, the boy would not take my hint. "We'd rather watch the video for the last hour."
At a certain point, I lose patience with the argument. "Okay then. We'll watch the video for the last fifteen minutes..."
"Oh, ho, ho, ho..." He saw what I was doing.
"So, the last half hour, cool?" And the argument was finished.
I don't know why they think they're going to talk me down. Do they think I'm really going to negotiate? Well, when it gets to this point, I do negotiate. Just not in the direction they'd like. (This trick works every time.)
Have you ever tried haggling with someone? How did it turn out? Have you ever read Julius Caesar?
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