The other day in class, we were having a discussion about stars and color and temperature. But since most of the kids were looking silently at their laps, I knew their interest was fading fast. (Which is surprising, since they voted by a landslide to study astronomy in the 4th quarter.)
So to get the kids’ attention, I got up on the teacher desk at the front of the room. Then I stood on my hands and farted fire. No, I didn’t merely light one on fire. I literally farted fire. (Lucky for me, I keep a change of clothes at school — just in case.)
And the biggest reaction I got was from a student, who, without even looking up from his lap said, “Is it getting hot in here?”
And then another said, “What’s with the sudden breeze? Can someone close the window?”
It seems that, at this time of year, any attempt at whole-class discussion is a recipe for failure. Any advice?