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Not Quite What I Meant By High Expectations

Before my students left for their elective classes this morning I had them put their chairs up on the tables so the custodian would have an easier time sweeping the room while they were out.

I had to leave to go to the computer lab for some online training and orientation. When I came back and saw the chairs up on the tables I got an image of the students sitting in the chairs while they were up on the tables and the idea of the title of this post came to mind.

Today has gone well thus far. The students seem engaged with the lesson, except for a couple who fell asleep during the three-minute video introduction of the topic. How can they do that? After the video, we did an interactive quiz and they aced it. Even the two who were asleep. I guess they were still listening.

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Feisty56 wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:58 AM

Lol, I don't know. It never once occurred to me to sleep in class. Of course, "back in the day," it wasn't tolerated anyway. I guess good for them if they can rest their eyes and learn at the same time. : )

Rufuszen wrote on August 26, 2015, 11:00 AM

I don't think I ever dropped off in class, but then I wasn't on my smartphone all hours!

VinceSummers wrote on August 26, 2015, 11:11 AM

Sometimes (as I know you know) there are students who excel and who struggle as those not so "quick" learn at their pace.

lexiconlover wrote on August 26, 2015, 11:59 AM

We used to keep chairs like that all the time if we weren't in the room when I was in middle and high school.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 26, 2015, 12:03 PM

Glad they all did great on the quiz, they must have just been closing their eyes during the video

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 1:39 PM

That's when I would have them come up and teach somehow...put them in charge of something, where they get to be the leaders and keep others engaged.

valmnz wrote on August 26, 2015, 4:31 PM

I like it. I hope you share that funny image of them when you next speak to them of high expectations.

LoudMan wrote on August 26, 2015, 6:12 PM

Not only did I fall asleep in class, I talked in my!sleep and often dreamed of Mrs. Hess.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 26, 2015, 8:15 PM

If they sleep in class after this week they will lose participation points which may keep them from going on field trips.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 26, 2015, 8:16 PM

The students will tell me honestly that they stayed up online late into the night.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 26, 2015, 8:35 PM

With each lesson I approach the material in a few different ways to make sure it makes sense to all the kids.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 26, 2015, 8:43 PM

We put them up that one time a day so the custodian can sweep more easily.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 26, 2015, 8:53 PM

I know two of them actually fell asleep; they were snoring.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 26, 2015, 8:55 PM

That is coming, but they don't know it yet. The students will be doing a quick and easy research project when we go to the library next week and then they will have to present their findings.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 26, 2015, 8:56 PM

I will do that once my new data cart laptop comes in. The old dinosaur of a computer I'm using won't let me download images right now. The computers in my room are as old as my seventh graders.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 26, 2015, 8:58 PM

Now that's intriguing. I take it Mrs. Hess was one of those teachers on whom the boys often had crushes.

bestwriter wrote on August 26, 2015, 9:20 PM

You can try that and see if they can concentrate better. Only thing will be that they would be looking down upon you emoticon :grin:

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:42 PM

LOL That would have been funny. Glad they still knew the answers

Paulie wrote on August 27, 2015, 4:12 AM

Was the lesson on geography? Also, do you think they feel asleep because it was an early class and they didn't get enough sleep last night?

LoudMan wrote on August 27, 2015, 8:07 PM

Hoo-boy was she ever.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 27, 2015, 9:27 PM

My sophomore home room teacher was like that. I shudder to think she's nearly 70 now.

AliCanary wrote on August 29, 2015, 12:23 AM

I think that kids stay up at night playing on their devices (that's what I'm doing right now), and so they are generally always exhausted. But I was never able to sleep in class, except for once, in a college film class, during an interminable French expressionist film. Sacre bleu!

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 29, 2015, 2:12 PM

It was a geography lesson and I think they fell asleep because they are not used to getting up early yet and probably didn't go to sleep on time the night before.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 29, 2015, 2:13 PM

These kids will admit that they were doing just that. Also, when they are talking in class I ask them what they could possibly have to say to each other that they hadn't already said via text, FB, or instagram.

Dawnwriter wrote on August 30, 2015, 1:54 AM

This is quite funny. I never dozed off in class though there were quite a few teachers who made us all drowsy and comatose.

Dawnwriter wrote on August 30, 2015, 2:01 AM

One of my children's teachers gives them chunks of text to present and explain to class as teachers. Other children have to ask questions. Sometimes they are asked to prepare MCQ papers for each other This way everyone thoroughly prepares the chapters. I think this is a great way to teach.

CoralLevang wrote on August 30, 2015, 2:15 AM

Forgive my ignorance, but what are "MCQ papers"?

CoralLevang wrote on August 30, 2015, 2:18 AM

You only shudder because of what you boys dreamed of doing with those teachers.

*evil grin*

"C'mere, granny, and give me a kiss! " Just keep that in your mind. emoticon :grin:

Dawnwriter wrote on August 30, 2015, 6:03 AM

CoralLevang . Multiple Choice questions. They are rather tricky and require thorough study to prepare and answer.

CoralLevang wrote on August 30, 2015, 10:05 AM

Ah, I had never seen the acronym use before. Thank you for the explanation.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 30, 2015, 6:57 PM

Okay, gross. I just literally felt my stomach churn. Of course at that age I never thought I'd enjoy sleeping with a 52 year old woman, either.