Thursday, September 19, 2013

It Could Be Worse

Tuesday was one of the more hilarious days of the year in 8th grade humanities.

It was cover-the-grammar-book-with-contact-paper day.

If you've never had students cover their books with contact paper before, then you're in for a treat. Inevitably, someone ends up with the paper wrapped around her arm. Someone folds the paper in on itself. Someone becomes obsessed with air bubbles and compulsively tries to get rid of them. A girl who does everything perfectly will be terrible at this, and a boy will surprise you by being the best in the class. And this will happen:

It's worth the fifteen minutes. The books will have a cover all year, and you will end up only covering three or four books (you'll take pity on a few kids) instead of twenty or thirty. A memory will be made. Whenever you need to have your students do something difficult, just remind them of the contact paper.

They'll stop complaining.

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