A conversation I had with a fellow TFA teacher during lunch about some students we share.
Him: “I don’t know. I just can’t get through to my 1st block somehow. When it is discussion time they just sit there with blank faces.”
Me: “That’s funny, because during fourth block I can’t get them to sit down and shut up.”
Him: “They just stare at me. I asked them a question today and we sat there in silence for about a minute before I finally said, ‘That right there, guys? That is the sound of the achievement gap.’”
Me: “Heh. True.”
Him: “Then they *tsk*ed (he imitated the ever popular teeth sucking noise of displeasure, accompanied by an eye roll) at me and I said, ‘That is too.’”
At the front of his classroom: