I was exhausted yesterday after a day of WORKTIME. My 107 middle-schoolers are on a deadline. Tuesday night they will showcase an issue of their choosing at our Social Issue Fair. They spent 40 minutes working yesterday. I spent 40 minutes times 5 periods overseeing and offering support. It sounded like this:
- “The tape dispenser’s out. Is there more?” Sure. Here you go.
- “Can I print these images for my poster?” Sure. Airdrop them to Sally’s Macbook…OK, they are at the library printer. Go get them.
- “It printed too big and won’t fit on the poster.” No worries. Let’s print a smaller one.
- “Do you have a box we can use to collect donations? Would this work (showing an unopened box of tissues)? Yes, but it is full of tissues. Just pull out the tissues – you can put them in this bin and then use the box.
- What do you need for your display?
- Just a wall to hang this poster on. (I jotted this down on my spreadsheet)
- A table near a wall – We need a place to hold the leaf cookies we are selling to raise money for the environment and we want our poster behind the table on the wall. (I jotted this down on my spreadsheet)
- Just a table so my iPad can sit on it and people can sit and view it. (I jotted this down on my spreadsheet)
- “Is this enough? Let’s see – Did you name your issue? Did you explain why it is an issue? Did you suggest ways the reader can help? Did you add book titles related to the issue? You will know it is enough when you have answered these questions. You need to decide.
- “Where’s the tape?” In a loud voice, “Who has the tape?”
My students were doing all the work yesterday. I was just offering support and encouragement. I was gathering information so by Tuesday all 107 students’ project can be on displayed. We all were ona deadline. We all pushed to keep going. No wonder I was exhausted.