Those of us with teenage boys would get this photo.
There’s a reason I like my job and why even on a beautiful day like today I’m reasonably happy to be here rather than at home. (The pay packet helps, to be honest.)
The kids are just so funny…
Today and tomorrow the year 8s and I will be ploughing through oral presentations of their wide reading books. They have to “sell” their novels to the class. Last week they were all off at camp, so at least half the class I had in period 2 had completely forgotten that they were meant to be doing this.
I have a system that I call the Magic Pen. I run the pen up and down the names on the roll and a kid calls out “stop!” Whichever name the pen lands on is the next victim.
Only a few kids from 8J were ready to go. The rest sat in agony every time the Magic Pen was being enacted, dreading to hear their name. Midway through the class as I said that the Magic Pen would start I heard one guy say to his friend, “Gets the heart racing, doesn’t it?”
Later in that class there was a less than enthusiastic “selling” of Eoin Colfer’s “The Wish List”. (To be fair, when I read it I didn’t like it much either.) Elisa spoke for a couple of minutes about it and then said, “It was on the New York Best Seller lists when it came out. I don’t know how that happened.”
Can’t wait to hear how the other class does after lunch!