I saw a long white truck along the side of the road as I passed an area where some construction was in progress. Large black letters on the side of the truck advertised DIRECTIONAL BORING. Of course, I knew it was some kind of digging, but my mind went off on a tangent.
I thought of how some students sit at their desks looking bored, sometimes no matter what is going on in the classroom. I wondered, am I directionally boring? or are they directionally bored? Does boredom have any direction? Does boredom in the classroom originate in a teacher’s lack of ability to engage students? Or does boredom start with a student who does not engage? Could directional boring be a force beamed from teacher toward student or the other way around? or could it be two-way, beaming back and forth between the two?
One point on the teacher evaluation rubric measures the percent of students who are engaged in the lesson. Does the evaluator think about directional boring?
Just some random thoughts prompted by the lettering on a truck. I wonder what other people thought when they read those words?
(I’m going to have to remember to keep a camera on hand more often…I wanted to get a picture of the truck, so you could see my inspiration. When I drove by next time I had a camera, but the truck had moved on.)