Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One thing I think I do right...

... on the first day of class ---

I'm up front about annoying student behaviors -- For me, it's "get up 20 minutes before the end of class and leave because I'm too frigging important to sit here any longer" -- and lying. I tell them this right away, before anybody does it.

The other side of this is that I let them tell me what bothers them about their classmates -- For the most part their complaints are the same -- compulsive texting, pen clicking and side conversations. We also have the discussion about food (my suggestion, nothing smelly or loud) and personal smells -- both perfumish and biological...

We do it on the first day so nobody gets offended or feels singled out -- and, for the most part it works. I don't have much of a problem with those things... probably because the students bring it up themselves.

I'm pretty sure I got the idea from one of my wise female friends at BNCC (Julie, or Kris -- maybe??) -- but, like most good ideas I've now decided it was my own :).

Last night we watched a Judge Judy excerpt from You Tube as an example of an argument in Logic... that was fun, and they didn't expect it :).

Today is 'day two' for Ethics and Intro -- it should be interesting to see what they're thinking.

This morning my wonder-cleaner comes... got to do the last minute pick-up before the cleaning person...

2 comments:

julie said...

Sounds like something Cheryl does . . . but thanks for the shout-out!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I have a friend with a no lotion rule in her classroom--smells. A pox on Bath & Body shops.