November 19, 2010
All this week, my kids have been making drafts of Christmas lists. On Sunday, the final lists are due. Today we held a peer review.
"Pass your list to the person sitting on your right," I ordered.
When Cortlen saw who was going to review his list, he started to cry. Camber cackled and rubbed her hands together in anticipation and excitement.
"Now I want you to circle three things on the list that you think the author would like the most," I told them.
I had no idea where this exercise was going or what purpose it served, but I figured that the same thing that once kept my freshman composition students busy for 50 minutes could keep my kids occupied for five. Ten if I was lucky.
Kellen was a good listener and circled everything on the list in front of him.
Camber wrote the word "butt" on Cortlen's list and had to be excused from the table.
Cortlen was so upset by what his sister did that he stabbed her paper with his pencil and had to be excused from the table as well.
Santa watched the whole spectacle through his magic telescope as he whispered "Merry Christmas" in my ear.