Friday, November 10, 2017

Simultaneous Generation of Ideas


Middle school graphic arts class. Because there was a sub, they were stuck doing bookwork. (And they didn't like that one bit. Let's just say it was an "interesting" day.)

Their assignment was to read an article about the guy who invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos (a snack many of them consume daily), answer some questions, and then:

Click on pic to make it bigger.

One of the classes was actually on task. They discussed ideas. (One table discussed grilled cheese ice cream. Ick!) And then one boy accused a girl of stealing his idea.

That was my cue to intervene.

The boy showed me his idea. Ramen noodles with bacon. (The kiddos are obsessed with bacon.) He explained that he went to show the girl (who was seated at a different table), and her idea was the same.

Only, it wasn't. She was doing a noodle thing as well, but it was something about double the noodles. No bacon involved. Because they were both noodles, the boy said they were the same.

I explained that the ideas were different. The girl hadn't stolen his idea. Assuming that they hadn't been in communication before drawing their pictures, they had stumbled upon the simultaneous generation of ideas, or multiple discovery. I talked movies, but if you Google those terms, you get all sorts of interesting articles.

The boy, however, continued to claim the girl had stolen his idea. As he was just complaining, I walked away and let him be. At a certain point, I'm not going to change his mind. And if he's not disturbing anyone (other than them having to listen to his continuous complaint), it's a waste of my time to continue to argue.

At the end of the period, I collected their work. As I neatened up the pile, I found that the boy hadn't turned in his work. After all that, he doesn't turn it in?

Middle schoolers. *shakes head*

31 comments:

  1. Seriously? Who isn't obsessed with bacon? It's amazing. ;)

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    1. Seems to be a thing nowadays. I'll refrain from the telling you about the day one boy thought a girl was insane because she wasn't into bacon.

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  2. Looks like a future patent lawyer in the making. Or maybe a future Thomas Edison.

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  3. Sigh. Middle school kids live in their own world, don't they?

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    1. That doesn't even make the top 10 of weirdest assignments.

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  5. Seems logical they would both come up with noodles as a starting point for their ideas. Probably eat a lot of them in various things they make or made for them. Why he chose not to turn in anything continues to baffle me.

    betty

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  6. Hi Liz - we will never understand each other! Love bacon ... not today though. Not giving his work in is rather odd ...cheers Hilary

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  7. Do these kids ever do work? Haha...I loved Graphics! I learned the camera/darkroom, to set type the old fashion way and to run a press. Took it in the 11th grade for one period and 12th for two periods. Lead me to work in the printing industry for 22 yrs.

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    1. They do do work. Unfortunately, those don't make for very good blog posts ;)

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  8. That sounds like a tedious assignment to me, but I sure would have turned it in, especially after all that. This idea is not as bad as the homework I saw my friend basically doing for her daughter a few years ago. The students had to write a story but use paper cut into sandwich elements for each layer of the tale. That had to be the dumbest time waster I've ever seen. By the way, I envy Pam for finding something she seems to have loved to make a living. ~grin~ Be well!

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    1. They have to do bookwork on sub days. I don't know how to operate the machinery, and they can't be trusted to operate the machinery safely on their own. So, for what it was, I thought it was a cute assignment. For all I know, after they had to take their packaging and render it on the computers.

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  9. After reading that your father served in the military, I'd like you to offer him gratitude from Darla. ~grin~ How nice that you spend time with him most Saturdays!

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  10. Flaming hot cheetos? A school assignment? But then I read the story of the man who invented them, and it's actually quite educational. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, it was. And considering the percentage of Latino students, I think it was designed to speak to them directly.

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  11. :facepalm: Why not turn it in? lol And now I want noodles.

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  12. I wonder why they are obsessed with bacon? My own kids are too. I hate bacon.

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    1. I'm not sure why that's suddenly a thing, but it is.

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  13. Middle schoolers. Well, actually, kids in general. *facepalm*

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    1. Yeah, well, middle schoolers are a separate breed.

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  14. You should have given him the website for Trademarks and Patents. That would solve it. haha

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    1. LOL. If only they had had access to computers...

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  15. Ahhh...kids will be kids. All the time!

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  16. Oh dear. That is funny that he didn't turn in his work. A man of principle or did he give up?

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  17. Ideas often generate simultaneously, because life has moved to the point where it's inevitable someone will think of the obvious conclusions!

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    1. Yup. I think that was part of my argument.

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