Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Teacher Notes 2

Teacher: The Szgany people, who are Dracula’s followers are ‘outside the law’... They follow methods that are outside the law. For instance, killing humans (something that vampires do) is illegal, isn't it?

Student: Ma'am, what about the army?


Silence!

Teacher Notes: 1

            In class, we were discussing how we can relate to a text by comparing it with events in our lives. It moved on to a discussion about how we get affected by books. A student said, “When I read a book, and there is a scene… for example, where people are sleeping, I start feeling sleepy too!” Today, after a harrowing morning, my last period was a library period, and for a few quick minutes, I got to read something while my students read their books. Inadvertently I yawned. A perceptive kid picks this up and connects it with a class we’d finished at least three to four days previously: “Ma’am, could I ask you something?”
“Yes?”
“Was there a ‘sleepy’ scene in your book, because you just yawned?”

I said no and went back to my book. Suddenly I realised, Jem and Scout Finch were actually lying on their bed, waiting for Atticus to sleep. Maybe it was the words…