Friday. Next week we have only two days. The students we see today, we don’t see for a week. This is normal, but when they know there is a teeny week between this time and the next, they get a bit crazy.
“Miss, I don’t wannnnnna work.”
“But Miss, it’s FRIDAY!”
“But Miss ….”
And so I took a PDF of the The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, read it to my classes, and taught them how to answer MCAS Long Composition prompts with it. I refuse to not be productive. Apparently, I am the Grinch.
Good points of this: I love reading to the kids. Many of the kids benefit from this and, sadly, have not had enough experience with people reading to them for pleasure. I want to incorporate more children’s lit into my classes. I say that every year, but this year I’m trying to invest in these books for real.
Bad points of this: Students cannot see how they are benefiting from this and think that I think they’re stupid. I need a better introduction to my children’s books, probably in my syllabus, so that they understand why we are using them.
Sad reality: I asked a group of students if they had stories read to them when they were children, and the closest they could think about it was “I saw a lot of Disney movies. Does that count?”