Friday, November 17, 2006


I just finished teaching my very last class before THANKSGIVING BREAK! That means that I don't have to teach a single class, or be patient with a single teenager for an entire WEEK! And during that week when I am not dealing with teenagers or teaching classes or grading projects, I will be playing with my nieces and letting my sister cook me whatever I want to eat. (I'm nice like that.)

My last class of the day consisted of playing a game in which I make up rules as we go along and assign random points to random students. They loved it.

Here's a glimpse of how it went:

Um, sorry Drake. You're in the singing seat. You have to sing the answer if you want to get points.

Claire, roll the dice. If it's an even number, you get three points. If it's odd, the rest of the class loses a point.

Sounds pretty fair, huh? They had to answer physics questions along the way as well, which is how I justified everything. I think we'll play this game again sometime soon.


N.F. said...

That sounds like a great thing...I'll have to keep that in my back pocket if I ever sub. regular ed.

TRS said...

Ooh. Great game! It's like "Who's Line is it Anyway?" only more nonsensical. Awesome. I want to play.

Did you come up with the random 'rules' off the top of your head or did you have them planned out? I may suggest this to a Spanish teacher I know.

poodle said...

I had the rules planned out in advance. There was a card at each seat that said "singing seat" or +3/-1 chance, or whatever else that made no sense to the kids, but I knew what it meant. Then if the person sitting in that seat got a question right, we looked at the card to see what would happen. (I told the kids in the singing seat in advance that they had to sing the answer.) Every once in a while, I would have them all stand up and move 3 seats clockwise, or 2 seats counterclockwise, whatever I felt like, so that they got new cards every once in a while. They loved it.

MOM THE BOMB said...

I need you to write down these great suggestions so I can use them in my teacher training for Primary. The teachers would love it!

Charlo said...

Absurdity is truely the key to ones heart. Well, at least to mine.