Thursday, March 2, 2017

SOLSC #2 - Snippets from my classroom

For the fourth year, I am participating in the SOLSC and guiding students from my classroom and my school on the same writing journey. Here is the link to our school blog and the 15-20 students who are participating in the Classroom Challenge.
Snippets from my classroom:

My classroom is a busy place with middle school students working on a very wide variety of projects and skills. Usually, they are given large chunks of time to complete their assignments and I don't care what order they get their work done. The work for this week is due on Monday morning and includes: Projects on their independent units, reading a book, a class art project, negotiating treaties in The World Peace Game, Slicing, math, and honing a skill of their choice for an hour. With so many things to work on, the snippets of conversation, (especially the questions) I hear are exciting, hilarious, scary and puzzling. A few examples from this morning are:

"Listen to my Rap!"
"Why were otters important to that tribe?"
"How many megawatts are generated with geothermal energy?"
"So do I find a dead squirrel or what?"
"That is soooo cool! Where did you find that gadget?"
"How do mermaids reproduce?"

With the exception of the mermaids question, I'm 95% sure all of them were directly related to projects they are working on...and I get to help them find their ways to the answers.


  1. do mermaids reproduce? This is a great, funny post, and I expect you will find a lot more to add to it by the end of the month :)

  2. Btw, mermaids are magic. they apear out of oysters.

    1. yes. that is how it works. do. not. correct. me.

    2. If I am not allowed to correct you, may I at least ask how they fit in an oyster?

    3. They're very big oysters.

    4. This is a lot funnier imagining that there was a typo and you all said otters instead.

    5. Really, would they form like pearls or something? That would mean that mermaids are centered around irritants to the oyster, like sand or something... or even a very lost otter, for that matter.
      Fearless, you should really know by now that telling us expressly not to do something guarantees it happening.

  3. So great that they are coming up with the questions - they are the ones doing the work then!
    And the mermaid question seems like a perfect fit for middle school kid!

  4. Those are hilarious post. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Fearless, you weren't there. We talked about fish reproduction and then attempted to apply that to a half-human. Which turned into a long conversation about the Little Mermaid and how strange it is that they have belly buttons. It was pretty demented, actually. But Max-- GREAT review. These are wonderfully out of context and it's a great idea. Aand this conversation was really fun to walk in late on, with a way-too-heavy backpack and overnight bag. Nice job!

  6. Haha, I remember you reading this before we left from school. I like how random the snippets are.

  7. Fun to read for me, Max. Sounds like a busy day in your class! Love that you shared some of the words!