Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Theme Thursday - FIRE!
Known for his catch phrase "You're Fired!" from the apprentice, Donald Trump is our FIRE(d) element of Theme Thursday this week.
A few years ago, a colleague of mine had a student that just wouldn't practice. Talented, capable, but lazy, this student came week after week with nothing new prepared, nothing to say but a shrug of the shoulders, and wore down my friend.
Finally, she had HAD it! The lesson had just begun, the student sat there. So my friend asked if the student had ever seen the show The Apprentice. Oh yes, they replied.
Well, she said, "if I was the Donald, I would fire you. I would look you right in the eye from my desk, lean over with my finger pointed like this, and say, 'You're fired'! Now, I'm going up to read, you are going to spend your lesson practicing. And when you're finished, I'll follow you out to your mom's car.
Practice improved but the family quit after that school year. I don't think I could ever 'fire' a student like that. Could you?