Back off!

The class was supposed to be reading quietly, working their way through high quality literature. But, this lively group of boys were huddled around a laptop and arguing about something. My immediate reaction was to assume they were “off task” and that I needed to intervene and get them back to reading. But, I paused a moment and listened to what they were talking about. It turned out they were trying to work out (using the Internet) where previous European Football Championships were held and arguing about how the host countries were selected. Some thought the names were drawn out of a hat, some argued that countries were voted for. They ended up talking about vote-rigging, corruption and political alliances.

Thank goodness I resisted the initial urge to “correct their behaviour”!!!


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