Because I am yet to receive the various novels I will use for the Sports Literature class, I have been asking my students to explore the broader topics: What is a sport? Why do we love sports?
But I'm getting antsy and need to actually have some real student work produced. So this morning, I introduced sports journalism. We examined the "Feature Column" by looking at three basic types: the News related, the Informative, and the Human Interest (taken from BlueNose Edutainment).
After our Do Now journal entry on whether sports build character or reveal character, I introduced the concept of the "Feature Column." With ten minutes remaing, I asked my students to begin reading the three articles I provided so that they could put them into a category.
Two students read diligently. One student went to the nurse. One student tried to read, but found the side-conversations intriguing. Two students worked on AP Statistics--an assignment likely due the following period.
I don't know whether to feel put off, upset, accepting, or indifference. Had we started the year together (the class is only a week or so old due to scheduling issues), these behaviours wouldn't exist, so soon.