Friday, February 15, 2019
Sex in Scrabble
Seventh grade ELD (English language development, read: English language learners).
The teacher was out on jury duty (first day--I don't know if she got selected for a jury as I worked elsewhere the next day). The lesson plan was a bit of a scramble. This group was to play Scrabble.
If you think about it, it's an excellent way to have them doing something in English. And due to limited boards, the students played in pairs as teams, which meant they were conferring on proper English words.
Things went fairly well. I mean, they got a little loud, but that was to be expected.
Then one group called me over. They were talking as I approached.
"It means gender."
They needed a ruling. Was it okay to play the word "sex"?
Sigh. For that age... But they weren't giggling. It was an actual, reasoned debate. The team that wanted to play it rightly pointed out it had a valid definition that was classroom appropriate.
Considering the tenor of the conversation, I allowed it. They weren't being silly. They were treating it as a word. I appreciated that.
Besides, using X was going to give them issues anyway.