Friday, October 11, 2013

Season 13, Episode 5: Please, No Sawing

To be precise, I think my exact words were: "Say, ____________, can we please not be sawing right now? Thanks."

And just to clarify, I teach Language Arts, not Tech Ed or 'shop' class. Thankfully this particular student was not literally sawing. He was simply using his pencil to try and saw through the metal brace of the table.

Caution: Genius at Work!

What's amazing is that the student in question was very involved with and engaged in our lesson today. He simply had to find another outlet for his energy and wandering thoughts. He wasn't trying to be disruptive or disrespectful. In fact, he seemed a bit startled when I asked him to stop. He promptly stopped and got right back to what he was supposed to be doing. Case closed, end of story, moving on.

Why do I bring this up? Because middle school kids, especially boys, can really crack me up. Sometime's there just isn't a rational explanation, and that's okay. I've learned to just smile, shake my head, and go on about my day.

It's been a good, productive week. Taking part in the Open Online Course for Educators and trying to be involved with Connected Education Month has been great. In class, we've made some serious progress as we continue to blog and write digitally, power through vocabulary and grammar units, as well as integrate our online Literature Textbook into our conversations about Elements of Literature and the Parts of a Story. Professionally, there are many things to feel good about from the past week.

At the end of the day, however, it's all about shaking my head and smiling at my 6th graders, who continue to entertain and amaze with their absolute randomness.

Have a good weekend.


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