Attempting to get certain 5th grade boys to focus on what their teacher deems important rather than what they deem important can be a real challenge. (I don't mean to sound sexist, it's true for certain girls as well.)
My students had to write about themselves in 100 words or less recently. All but one have managed to draft, do some great revising, edit and get my help with editing, and publish (both on paper and on their blogs). This last young man can't get it done.
On Friday I finally told him that I really wanted him to finish this.
Me too. I really want to be done with this. Don't let this face fool you.
I don't think it was the face that was sending me the message.