Copyright © Louis Schmier
Date: Wed 1/24/2007 3:40 AM
I'll keep this brief and let you draw out the meaning of this part of a conversation we had yesterday in class about "studying."
"Why do you underline or highlight what you're reading in the textbook?" I asked.
"So I can go back over it," Sheila (not her real name) volunteered.
"Why do you want to go back over it?" I probed.
"Because it's important," she answered.
"What makes it important?"
"I feel it's going to be on the test," she asserted with confidence.
"Feel it's going to be on the test." I calmly and softly repeated her words as I sprung the trap. "But, we don't have tests in this class. So, what are you going to underline or highlight as you read the textbook?"
A sudden, stunned, and confused look. Silence. Pregnant, telling, and revealing silence.
Make it a good day. --Louis-- Louis Schmier firstname.lastname@example.org Department of History www.therandomthoughts.com Valdosta State University www.halcyon.com/arborhts/louis.html Valdosta, GA 31698 /~\ /\ /\ 912-333-5947 /^\ / \ / /~\ \ /~\__/\ / \__/ \/ / /\ /~\/ \ /\/\-/ /^\_____\____________/__/_______/^\ -_~ / "If you want to climb mountains, \ /^\ _ _ / don't practice on mole hills" - \____