It was one of those Fridays today when I would much rather have been lying in bed. My students also looked rather zombie-ish with dark circles painted under their eyes and postures resembling cavemen in need of a chiropractor. Here’s the thing: It’s winter in Canada and my grade 7s are going through their Michael-Jackson-in-Thriller-pubescent-transformations. Sometimes it’s best if we just respect one another’s space.
Anyway, I was trying to lead this wonderfully enigmatic lot in a backchannel discussion deconstructing oral presentation skills. It was like pulling teeth. Here’s what they wanted to chat about instead.
Do I swell with pride seeing that my students care that much about Radiohead? You’re darn right I do. Was that my plan for our lesson and use of the tool? Nope.
If you want to have a class where kids have a certain degree of control over the whats, whens, and hows of technology, especially in regards to the mobile variety and social media, don’t freak out when they start having arguments about how much “[Coldplay is] a suckyer [sic] version of Radiohead”. We all have our frigid Canadian Friday mornings.
Now that we’ve settled that, let’s get to the really important stuff. Is it Coldplay’s “Trouble” or Radiohead’s “Karma Police”? Vote in the comments below.