I do not like giving seat assignments and then sitting down to do something that needs to be done. There are several reasons for this. I feel guilty working on something instead of being in front of the students teaching. I can't work with continual distraction. I struggle to focus anyway.
Students today are so needy! It amazes me how "helpless" they are when it comes to basic things. How many words are there? Um....how many did you count? What page is chapter 7 on? What does it say in the index, or when you turn through the book? Do we have to write the question? Seems like a valid question, other than I tell them the SAME thing every single time and have tried to make this clear since day one of work. Do I need to write my name on it? Do you want credit? I don't understand what we have to do. Have you read the instructions? No. *Raised eyebrow.
Do I know the answers to many of their questions? Yes. Could I simply tell them the answer? Yes. Are they developing any type of self sufficiency when I just tell them the answer? Not a bit. When I first met Mr. MckTchr I hammered him on this. His kids would ask him for an answer to one of their homework questions and I would get all over him if he just told them the answer. Parents, help your child find the answer. Ask them questions, guide them to it. Stop just giving it to them. It is not making them smarter. It is not making them self sufficient. You are not helping them and you are making my job harder! I want to save my time for the real questions and real misunderstandings.
“If you will discipline yourself to make your mind self-sufficient you will thereby be least vulnerable to injury from the outside.” Critias of Athens