Middle School Randomness

This is an old post. I am slowly rebuilding my blog from when I forgot to update my blog hosting and lost everything I had written. Thankfully I had it all backed up! This post is from April 2011! Wow! That was a long time ago!

One of the things I appreciate the most about middle school students is their randomness. With that in mind, here is a random story from this week in my classroom.

Each week I have my students complete their Writing Explorations on various topics (e.g. family, entertainment, joy and sadness). Every third or fourth week I give them Free Choice.

Every Monday I have mini conferences with the students and we talk about their Writing Explorations. The discussions are insightful and fun: I actually look forward to Mondays!

Two students in my fourth period class told me they “just wrote random stuff.”  I asked them individually, “What is the most random thing you wrote.”

Puzzled look with the sound of an empty roller coaster.

Repeat question.

Puzzled look morphs into an excited look as they skim through their writing and proudly show off their randomness.

I then had them write the randomness down because it was too funny, and err, random!

By the end of the class period, both students came up and asked if they could have a “Randomness Competition.”

They wanted to challenge each other to see who could write the most random things throughout our Spring Break.  Three pages of Randomness was their self selected challenge.

I love the excitement these two students, who are reluctant writers, have for their challenge. They even suggested I do it for the entire class.

I think I have my “Returning To School On a Monday Morning After a Week Long Break Writing Assignment.