Monday, December 10, 2007

Lessons from Substitute Teaching

Well, just one, actually.

I was teaching Bible class this past Friday. The sixth graders had a memory work quiz to start with. The regular teacher's policy is that when they have completed their quiz, they may turn it over and draw on the back (among other things) while waiting for others to finish.

When one asked me what he should draw, I recalled that they were studying the ten commandments and replied, "Draw your favorite commandment." That sank into my gray matter for a moment before I fully considered the ramifications of such a comment.

"On second thought," I said, "let's not do that." There are, after all, a large number of negative commandments that you probably don't want jr high-ers endeavoring to draw.

4 comments:

HMSnow said...

Nice save.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Close one....

Allen said...

Well, actually some of them figured it out before I could discourage them.

Can you imagine? Sixth graders drawing pictures of "Thou shalt not covet" on the back of their memory work pages? Oy gevalt!

angelmeg said...

would have shown you who might grow up to have careers in cartoon porn, that's for sure.