Friday, January 28, 2011

power tripster

I marveled today at how, after a week of sassy teens behaving as though the end of the quarter was at hand (it was), many students will do what I ask when I least expect it.

Imagine the range of possible responses at the disposal of high schoolers when a teacher says "Please do _________ before you ________." I work amongst them and even though I know most days they begrudgingly appreciate me, I also realize they feel safe enough to say "F*ck this, I'm out of here" or, more respectfully, "Yeah, no. I'll just sit here until class is over."

Today, the last day of the quarter, I had multiple students ask to leave class with friends (to which I responded "I need you to be here instead"), play music with a different teacher ("Make sure you finish the assignments on the board before you go"), or opt out of critiquing classmates' work ("It's a participation grade; please be attentive and give constructive feedback"). In every circumstance, my students complied. There was a little bit of whining (they're teenagers, not saints) but each kid did what I asked. They sat in my room, finished required work, were engaged with their classmates in a positive way.

I'm not letting this go to my head though. Monday I'm back with the Seniors who roll their eyes at me so often I have to keep asking if they're having seizures.

It was fun while it lasted.


shrink on the couch said...

I think you need to bring a strobe light to class and see who really is having a seizure.

Alison said...

Really good technique, Steph. Reminds me of Love and Logic. My juniors are still doing pretty well complying with my requests.

Fantastic Forrest said...

No one can resist your charms, my dear.


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