Posted by: Magistra | June 16, 2006

41 and counting

I’d forgotten how much middle school kids talk. They’re non-stop. And it’s not that they’re not doing their work exactly, because it’ll start out as “how’d you do number 10?” but then somebody will raise an eyebrow and they’ll look just like that kid, you know the one who rides his bike, just like that guy out the window right now, I always see him on his bike, like all the time, but just tell me how you did 10, okay?

At first I thought it was because of me they were talking so much. I figured they were thinking that since I wasn’t their real teacher, it’s okay to talk. (The pattern is that halfway through the day I spell the middle school math teacher for a few minutes so she can run to the restroom, breathe some fresh air, or whatever.) No problem, especially because a little reminder and we’re back on track.

Me: Let’s just talk about the math.
Student: But you could make that about math! If you rode your bike for one hour at… trails off
Class: laughter
Me: True. But I don’t think that’s where the conversation was going.
Class: more laughter

But the high school class took a test at the end of the day, so I went back to the middle school class to observe. And they were still talk-talk-talking away.

Don’t forget to tune in at noon Pacific to ABC on Saturday to watch the US take on Italy. Here’s hoping we look like a world contender.

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