I put together this review activity for the kids that I thought would be lame, but even with very few parameters, I saw a lot of good student thinking going on. This was satisfying for two reasons: 1) The activity I planned was actually higher level than I thought, and 2) Students were able to follow directions without any prompting AND were able to actually complete work in a way that made their thinking visible. I heard a lot of “Oh! This one must be about Vesalius because I remember that he studied dead bodies!”. And then I get to remind myself that the student thinking was visible because *I* set up the lesson in a way that made it happen, high five, me! 🙂 But seriously, high-level thinking aside, I think the fact that they were actually working according to the directions was what was most satisfying.
Also, in one period I caught one student removing his shoe, which he then passed under another student’s chair and across the aisle to another student — who in turn was passing him cash. It was very odd. After I had talked to them about it, I was met with a response of, “But Miss! It was a good deal!”. One shoe. I still don’t know what was up with that.