Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lesson Plan Suggestion


Graphic arts at the continuation high school. The students have various projects to work on on computers. So, when there were no lesson plans, I figured no big deal. They had a project to continue, I was sure.

When first period walked in, I asked them what they were working on. And they told me that Mr. A gave them new things to work on daily...

(They have all the equipment to do things like engrave plaques and embroider insignias on shirts. Frequently they're doing projects for various district employees and official district-type stuff.)

One of the joys of modern communication--I emailed Mr. A and asked him what he wanted his kiddos to do. Some time later, he showed up, and he gave the class an assignment. (He had meant to write the plans on the board before he left the prior day, but he had forgotten. The prior day had been back to school night, so he was understandably busy.)

So, for that period and all subsequent periods, I knew what they were to work on. And it was a brand new assignment, so no one was "done".

The next class came in. "Oh, that's not for us." The following class? They didn't pretend the assignment wasn't theirs. They just made no pretense at all of doing it.

Um, yeah. If I had known they were just going to ignore the assignment, I wouldn't have worried. Or contacted their teacher to get an assignment. Sigh.

15 comments:

  1. That's not for us. I should have tried that back when I was in school.

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  2. Ha the joys of modern communication, good old email. Greetings!

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  3. Well, if they needed to do it, their teacher will be having a word with them later.

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  4. And these students one day will be in the work force!

    betty

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  5. Oh good grief. ....well, one day one could be the president of the United States

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    1. Considering the current occupant... yeah, they'd fit right in ;)

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    1. I did my due diligence. I can lead the kiddos to the work, but ultimately, they have to be the ones to do it.

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  7. I always heard that it's better to have a plan when dealing with kids than no plan…

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    1. Never give them free time. That never goes well.

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    2. I must be hard to be a sub esp when the teacher calls in sick. Easier these days than it was when I was in school with email. I took Graphic Arts in the 11th grade for one period and then again in 12th for two periods. Ended up working in the printing field for 22 yrs with that. I was setting type the old fashion way, running a press, learned to do camera work and silk screening. Did not realize they still had that in the schools.

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    3. Oh yes, they still have graphic arts. It's more computer based now, but they learn to operate some equipment (silk screening, for example).

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