In the age of emails and text messages, one of my greatest thrills is getting actual mail. You know, from that man or woman who walks from door to door dropping off envelopes and packages from all around the world. It's incredible stuff. I'm always most excited when my mail carrier brings something good. So, basically anything that's not junk, a bill, or something from the National Student Loan Centre. Yesterday, the greatest thing of all came... a book! Sure, it was one I ordered, and paid for, and was essentially expecting, but the thrill is same.
The book is called "Teaching With the Tools Kids Really Use" by Susan Brooks-Young, and I was inspired to order it based on a conversation I had with some students a few weeks ago...
While supplying one day, I had caught more than one student trying to sneak a text here and there (they're not as sneaky as they think they are... I, myself, once thought I had mastered the art of the Sneaky-Text in university). The general rule is that I am supposed to confiscate the phone. However, I'm a supply teacher, and generally detested among most student populations, so, in an effort to be slightly less monstrous, I usually let the first offence slide. (Shame on me). On this particular day though, I was inspired to do some investigating. I asked them why, when they know they could lose their phones for a day (or sometimes longer), they even bother to carry their phones on them at all. The board I teach for has a strict "No Phones At All" policy, so why not lose the temptation and leave the phones in the lockers? The responses wavered from the 'smartassed' to the somewhat logical, but the one that struck me most was when one student said, "It's just what we know."
"It's just what we know."