Reflection: Accountability Extended Metaphor Essay, Day Two - Section 3: Extended Metaphor Essay


Normally, I detest silence during work time. I would rather hear a low hum of whispers, students collaborating on their work. There is so much benefit to be had in sharing ideas and receiving feedback from peers, and I think that such opportunities are often lost when a teacher announces, "no talking."

Unfortunately, not every class can handle a productive hum of collaboration, and my current class falls into this category. While some, perhaps even half, of the class can successfully collaborate during work time without succumbing to distraction, too many students lose focus and need repeat reminders to work. I'm not a babysitter, nor am I an alarm clock. I had to make a difficult decision and transition us to silence during work time.

Did it work? For most students, yes. A few of the previously-distracted found other ways to be distracted (doodling on the desk with an eraser is apparently more entertaining than writing a metaphor essay, even with help), but the overall percentage of work completion rose dramatically.

Though the joy was pulled from the room--and from the writing itself--students were held accountable to write by the silence. Perhaps this will be permanent--but I certainly hope we can find a happy medium down the road.

  In Silence We Work
  Accountability: In Silence We Work
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Extended Metaphor Essay, Day Two

Unit 9: Expository Writing
Lesson 10 of 21

Objective: Students will be able to write exposition by creating an extended metaphor essay.

Big Idea: Creativity and logic collide--an extended metaphor essay.

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