This was my bell ringer slide for the day:
This is what I expected for an answer:
In EACH class at least 7 kids had one of these two answers:
"Their mother lied about who their daddy was."
"They had different fathers."
This befuddles me for a couple of reasons:
1. WHY would they think I would ask a question about paternity? What kind of classroom do they think I am running here?
2. When I was explaining the bell ringer I told them to consider SYMBOLISM (which I know they cover in 7th grade).
What does this say about my students mindset?
Also, there is no way that I can reset my mind to think like them to that extent.
How do I begin reprogramming them to think like scholars if that is the first thing their brains go to.
Maybe I need to create a poster that says, "This is English class, not Jerry Springer."