Friday, March 23, 2007
Devious and awesome
The kids that I work with are, for the most part, earnest and hardworking. During our Jeopardy game yesterday, though, I got to catch a glimpse of a slightly more humorous and evil side of them. We do a Jeopardy-esque game the day before tests to review (really more of a quiz show, as they aren't answering in the form of a question). After we state the question, the class always fills with the answer, audibly whispered, followed by people shushing each other in an effort to keep the answer secret to those outside their group. One of the more cunning students of the class decided to stir things up a bit by whispering an incorrect answer while simultaneously writing the correct answer on his whiteboard. When asked for the term that describes when a mineral breaks with rough or jagged edges, he whispered "metallic luster" instead of the correct answer, "fracture." When all the children were asked to raise their whiteboards, it turns out that a nearby group wrote down the incorrect answer, and the whole class just exploded in ridicule (mind you, this whole thing is open note, so there is really no reason to get an incorrect answer). For the rest of the class period, the girl who had given her group the incorrect overheard answer kept shooting the whisperer the dirtiest, most hateful looks imaginable. It was hilarious.