Wednesday, November 7, 2018
The Wrong Episode
It was Halloween. So, the teacher left them a video. An episode of The Twilight Zone.
(It was "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". Here's the link. Unfortunately, it's mirror flipped, so all the words are opposite.)
Then, because students will ignore videos, they had a "quiz" after. It wasn't so much a quiz as just something to verify that they hadn't been on their phones. Ms. S said that they could work together on it.
Of course, some of them were on their phones. They didn't even attempt the "quiz". In fact, they were surprised by it when I passed it out. I don't know why. I announced it as I intro'ed the video.
Sixth period. They were awful. A group of boys was just loud. And obnoxious.
The loudest and most obnoxious of the group then complained that he had missed some of the first ten minutes (because he had been talking and such). He pulled out his phone, searched his Netflix, and found that the series was available.
Um, it was being projected on a big screen at the front of the room. But somehow, this wasn't the quality that he liked. He'd rather watch it on his phone.
As long as he watched it...
The episode was over. I passed out the questions (which were multiple choice and obvious). The boy was still watching on his phone. I looked over his shoulder.
I'm sure you won't be shocked if I tell you he wasn't watching "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". However, he was watching The Twilight Zone. Yes, the black & white original series.
He was watching the "Living Doll" episode. You know, talking Tina.
I mean, great selection. I applaud the choice. But later. You know, after he'd completed the questions for the episode that was assigned...
Sigh. Let's just say that Ms. S wasn't shocked when that boy's name came up.