Thursday, August 24, 2017
Looking It Up
It was Friday in the 12th grade English class at the continuation high school. Since most of the kiddos who end up at this school aren't terribly academically inclined, any excuse not to work is taken. And Friday is enough of an excuse. So, most teachers use it as a make up work day.
The class is reading The Crucible. They are given time each day to answer questions that go along with the play, but of course many of them are behind. So, their task for the day was to get caught up.
Second period whined, of course. Not only was the play hard to understand, it was boring as well.
After suffering through them giving me that look while I tried to talk up the play, I left them to their own devices...
And the phones came out.
I wasn't surprised. I walked around the room, peeking at papers while looking over shoulders. And I noticed something surprising on the students' phones.
Usually I see Instagram or texting or music apps or such. Videos have become popular of late. And games are always around. But that's not what I saw.
They were looking for the answers to the questions.
Yup, their phones were on CliffNotes or SparkNotes and the like. They Googled the questions on the assignment.
(I frequently see students Google the questions on their assignments rather than looking for them in the book. On the one hand, I'd rather they use the books to find the answers as the teacher intended. But on the other hand, being able to glean information from the internet is the future of figuring things out.)
At least they were on task, and on a Friday. Win?