Today was an in-class writing day. My students had two hours to respond to a prompt we had been working on for a few class sessions. Before we started, I thought it might be good idea to remind them about time-management...so I wrote the following on the board:
Time Management -- You have two hours total
Pre-writing ______ minutes
Writing ______ minutes
Editing ______ minutes
Total 120 minutes.
I then asked them to take out a piece of paper, and create their own time management plan.
I then wait...figuring this may take a minute or two to think about and accomplish.
It appeared some of them were still not done for some reason. Wow...they are really putting a lot of thought into this, I think, proudly.
After about five minutes, one of my students raises his hand...and asks:
"Did you want us to fill out the chart, too?"
And I was reminded at that moment about patience and perspective. I didn't laugh. I didn't smile. I didn't give any inclination that I wanted to jump out of my skin.
I simply walked over to the chart I had written on the board...pointed to the blank spaces and said: "Yes. Yes. I think that would be an excellent idea."