The third quarter is always the longest, and this year has been longer than most by about a decade. Participation is way down and classes seem to go on forever. And it’s my job to do something about it. So, the other day, at the end of my students’ online lesson I had them write captions for my bearded dragon, Chinle (named for the Triassic Sandstone she looks like), as she basked below her sun lamp. Here are many of the results, edited slightly for grammar and clarity and with minimal comment from me.
And yes there is a little known math standard for writing captions about lizards. And yes participation, for this question at least, went way up.
But first my own captions:
What do you mean, “Mr. Merz, why did you mark me absent?” and
And now from the kiddos:
When you can’t find the remote and it’s staring at you from the couch.
The calculator when you ask what 4 + 3 is.
The teacher looking at the students who had the same answers on the test.
My grandma staring at me blowing bubbles in my chocolate milk.
As I plot world domination, I’m gonna need a latte.
My parents waiting for my excuse.
Me trying to look innocent after I fart out loud. (The student deleted it, but not fast enough.)
When that one kid flips to the next page during a test and you haven’t even finished writing your name.
When you sneeze and you hear a “Bless you,” but you’re home alone.
Everyone looking at you when you cough in public.
Bow before me!
Me deciding if I want to press snooze again.
When your siblings steal your candy.
All of us staring at the Google Meets all day.
Sunbathing on Mars
Mr Merz’s face when he realizes it was a giraffe and not a horse. (Long story here, but it was a horse.)
Me looking at my screen after getting a question wrong on Kahoot.
Bearded dragon ordering a drink in the wild.
When someone eats your last french fry.
When thine enemies dare to challenge you!
When you are in an argument and then you realize you are wrong
Peasant, get me some food now
I would sell you to Satan for one corn chip.
I’m not through with you yet.
The one the only, showoff mini-Godzilla.
Arizona, it’s a red heat
Chillin’ like a villain.
Where’s the money?
Bow before Queen Chinle!
When you don’t believe a word that someone else is saying.
I also asked my colleagues and received a couple of contributions:
Feeling slightly off color today, I’m afraid.
Cheetos new flavor – Flaming hot lizard.
…and THAT’S when you’ll use this in real life!
That’s it so far. I’m asking three classes tomorrow that haven’t had a chance to write their captions, so expect an update, and maybe some more from colleagues.
And your own captions are more than welcome!