So we started a new trimester a few weeks ago. Since I teach several different classes sometimes I have the, uh, pleasure? of having a few students 2 or even 3 times a day. This tri was no exception, and as is usually the case the first day or two can be pretty boring since we are doing safety in all of the classes, all day long. I warn these students that they will need to bring something to do like homework or a book to read. The other alternative is to study their safety notes in preparation for the test.
This tri, however, I had a student whose mind was elsewhere while I was explaining this. Surprised? Me neither. When he came into his second class for the day, I asked him if he had brought a book. Blank look.
"Yes, book. Unless you want to do more safety stuff?"
Deer in headlights look.
"I know! Can I write an essay?!"
"Ummmm.... sure. What are you going to write it about?"
Again, surprisingly, he wrote. He wrote for pretty much the entire class. He was quiet and engaged, and at the end of the class he turned this in:
I think his English teachers would be impressed! I sure was. He offered me some very interesting insights too.
This from the same kid I'm guessing is going to take issue about having to write a research paper in engines class. Who knows? They never cease to amaze me- part of the reason I love my job so much. Usually end up learning three or four new things a day from 'em too!