Trying to figure out how long a written answer had to be, a student asked, "Does it have to be, like, bigger than a Tweet?" She knew exactly how many characters would max a Twitter message. Yes, longer than a Tweet, but not quite as long as a daily blog entry. I needed to further clarify that there was no texting language allowed, and that all answers would be uploaded to my grade-book immediately, with no retracting option.
"Bigger than a Tweet?" Is this the 21st century version of "Is it bigger than a bread box?"
Someone told me recently that kids don't so much have ADHD as much as they have ADOS. That is Attention-Deficit-Oh-Shiny! The latest and greatest is always around the corner. Kids know this stuff. Digital natives, and all that. My mission: To keep one tiny step ahead. There will always be something shiny and new that will grab my student's attention away from me. My pledge: To be shinier.