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10/6/10

Um. No.

We are preparing to read Oedipus the King in my Humanities class.

I was looking up lesson plan ideas online, when I stumbled across one suggesting that I have the students make finger-puppets, and act out the main events of the play.

Um. No.

No.

Not okay.

10 comments:

Talina said...

I'm teaching a class at SLCC and I told my class on the syllabus that there would be x amount of quizzes this semester, but now I'm realizing it's unlikely we will actually have time for x amount and am thinking it'll be more like x-2.
I was brainstorming on what I could do about the point difference and someone suggested that I should just give them a blank piece of paper and let them draw me something for their quiz, and everyone would get full points.
I was like, "Seriously? These are adults. Adults who are PAYING me to teach them. If I was a paying college student and a professor pulled that on me, I would probably throw something at them. I'm just saying." . . . only I didn't actually say any of that, I just did a huge mental eye roll and changed the subject.

MandoRama said...

Where's the tag, yo? One of my personal favorites is "fuh". You have my permission to use that.

Abby said...

For real... Why make finger puppets when you could just have your students use sharpies to draw faces on their index fingers instead? Let's not over complicate things.

Stephanie said...

Beyond being grade-level-INappropriate, I was more concerned about the fact that the tiny Oedipus finger puppet would have to kill the Dad finger puppet and then sleep and produce four finger puppet babies with the Mom finger puppet.

Lisa Louise said...

yikes that could lead to some scary gestures!

Mrs. Clark said...

Hahahahaha! Who comes up with this stuff?

But I seriously hate art projects in lieu of real projects in history, English, etc. I resented it when teachers did this to my kids because 1. they weren't actually teaching, and 2. guess who ended up "helping" get the dumb thing done?

And Talina, I agree.

Skye said...

Yeah, the sleeping with Mom finger puppet part was where I got off the lesson plan train.

Rynell said...

I just read this and thought ACT out Oedipus? Hmmmm. That would be a tad racy, don't ya think?

Schmutzie said...

Would you believe that I actually had to do this in grade 12 English? It was an assignment for Hamlet, and I dressed up plastic spoons from the cafeteria in tiny capes. It was terrible.

Rachael said...

Yeah. In my Japanese history class in college the replacement teacher came in and handed out large colored popcicle sticks (otherwise known as tongue depressors) and the exact same name cards I had in first grade. You know, the ones with the great big dotted line down the middle and little illustrated characters on it that you folds in half and stands on the front of your desk? Um hum. And it went downhill from there. I've forgotten what else, mostly in self-preservation.