Monday, March 17, 2014

(Almost) 20 things to do while active monitoring

Talk about the state tests is revving up. Test day is looming on the horizon.

Active monitoring is becoming the byword in all faculty lunchrooms. No zoning out, checking messages on a phone, grading papers... Just walking around a room. Watching students take a test. In point of fact, it's a reportable offense to even have your phone vibrate while giving the test. All phones are supposed to be off and making no noise. Whatsoever.

In the spirit of active monitoring, and making no noise whatsoever while walking around the room watching students take tests… And also, in all honesty, the spirit of fun I give you… Not even remotely close to 20 things to do while active monitoring.

1. Imagine who you would be friends with, if you were this age, at this school. 

2. Imagine what each student would be if they were an animal. Not based on personality, but physical features. 

3. Most classrooms have teacher assigned student  jobs. Imagine this group of students got stranded on a desert island... Now instead of paper passer or lunch count, what kinds of jobs would be handed out? Ie: shelter builder, firewood collector, hunter, resident artist...

4. Think about compelling answers to 'would you rather...?' questions, such as:

Would you rather change gender every time you sneezed OR not be able to tell the difference between a muffin and a baby?

5. wear a pedomiter. better still, make it a contest among others also actively monitoring - how many steps can you log walking around the classroom? Winner gets --- and bragging rights.

6. Take your pulse before and after thinking about the most annoying person you know. See if it changes.

7. Look at the items in the room and think about how you might use them in the event of a zombie apocalypse

8. Buy three different flavors of gum. Time them to see which looses flavor fastest.

9. There is a school-wide hide and seek contest with a $1,000,000 cash prize. Think about where on-campus you would hide.

10. ... you could always use this time to whiten your teeth with whitening strips

11. a parade has just burst into the room with all of your favorite animals, people, etc! What animals are in this parade? what song is playing? who isn't there? Are they throwing candy? what kind?

Happy, healthy test taking to you.

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