Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How to make a how to

This is the third and final installment in the "How To" series. Having asked each 5th grader to write a 12-step "how to" on whatever they wanted, most were stoked, but there was one boy who refused. After I threatened a loss of recess if he did not complete the task, he got to writing. He needed every last second of class time to squeeze out enough information on his topic:
A poignant narration on exactly what he did in class. What should have taken him 15 minutes, ended up in an hour long writing marathon (crawling to the finish line). Apparently you cannot rush sarcastic genius.

Step 7: So honest.

Note: I apologize for abandoning this blog. I'm not teaching this year, so have very little kid related news to report. The blog wasn't initially supposed to be about my teaching, but that's what it morphed into, and it felt weird to change the subject matter mid-blog. As a result, I will be starting a new blog soon, but will continue to update this one as I encounter more strange children. Thanks so much for reading.