Lessons Learned for Next Time #sol17

March 15, 2017

No pie for me yesterday, alas. The pie crust I had in the refrigerator was no good, and I was not going to the store.

So, a couple of interesting things happened yesterday.

1. All but five of my students in my comp class DID NOT do the reading. Now, I know it was the first class session after break (on TUESDAY mind you), but ugh. It makes me so angry when that happens. Especially since the reading and homework were all I had planned to discuss for the day.

This has happened once before, so I did what I did then: I made the students who didn’t do the reading stay in the classroom and write an essay on why they needed to come prepared to class. Then, I took the handful of students that did the reading out into the common area and held class with them.

When I got back to the classroom, I collected the essays and threw them in the trash. (Yes, in front of the students.)

In retrospect, I’m a kinder person now then I was the first time so I think I could have handled it differently. Namely, I would have had them read the essay and finish the homework. The instruction time was lost, but I still could have caught them up.

I mean, giving them an opportunity to see how it feels to waste class time is still a badass move, but it’s not in line with my goals as an instructor.

Oh well. Maybe next time.

2. I was supposed to meet with one of my ministers, but he stood me up. After waiting twenty minutes, he finally contacted me after he realized he completely spaced on our appointment. Later that day, though, I ran into him at the gym. (Small town living, am I right?) Anyway, we then held an impromptu meeting in the swimming pool during my water aerobics class since we were both there and had the time.

Busy people: we take the time where we can find it.

Anyway, next time, I think I’ll remind someone I’m on my way before an appointment, so they can either be where they’re supposed to be or let me know if things have changed.

Slice of Life is a writing challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.

Slice of Life is a writing challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.


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  1. Darin Johnston

    I chuckled at the meeting in the pool during water aerobics! Nothing like water meeting to make people cut right to the chase! 🙂 As for the homework, sometimes, it is what it is. Our 8th grade team doesn’t give much homework because it’s not counted towards a grade, and most kids won’t do it. I feel we are setting kids up to fail next year, but we’ll see. 🙁

    Happy Wednesday and thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Kristi Lonheim (@lonheim)

    “The Day That Didn’t Go As Planned” – sigh. It is frustrating when students aren’t ready for class. Reading at home to discuss in class is very old school ‘flipped classroom’!

  3. Ally Bean

    I think the badass trashing of the pointless essays is brilliant. Makes your point in a memorable way.

    I also think I’m going to adopt your idea of texting whoever that I’m on my way to our meeting. Smart thinking.

  4. Brian Rozinsky

    Hopefully all parties captured in this slice benefited from some learning this day!


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