You may not be able to tell it from my blog, but I have a short attention span when it comes to the auditory. Ok. EXTREMELY SHORT.
Frankly if my own sentence takes more than about fifteen words I forget what I am talking about. I seem to have several students this year who when they want to tell me a story back about six sentences prior to where they need to start.
Here is an example.
Random child at my desk while 32 other students are throwing paper wads. Some of them I am not sure are even IN my class.
"Mrs. B? I got up this morning and I ate breakfast. It was waffles and they were good, but it made me miss my bus. I had to wait for the next bus. The driver was wearing orange. I don't like orange. So I was late to school and I had to wait in line for a pass. Can I go get my book? My locker is in the other hall? I think."
1. Now I want to stab myself in the eye!
2. It's FOURTH period. How does this story relate to why you didn't get your book prior to my class?
3. I didn't ASK where your locker is because I don't care. You can go wherever you want if you will just stop talking to me!!!
Some people may think I am just self centered and I don't care what they are saying. They are wrong. I care deeply about what other people are saying, but only for about 20 words.
Really though is there any story I need to be told out loud that cannot be condensed into twenty words?
Think about it. The whole story of Romeo and Juliet.
There were two kids whose families hated each other. They fell in love. It ended in death.
See? I got all the high points.
That was actually a bad example because I have patience for the written word. Pictures help, but they aren't necessary.
Maybe I should just have all my students WRITE out what they want to say to me!! ( I was joking when I wrote that, but now it does seem like genius.)
How about you? What are you areas of inattention? Twenty words or less. KIDDING. I love to read.