Today we are told to write. Just write, about what went on in class for Wednesday or to write notes or to do both, just write. When I got to class at about 10:55 on the dot class was just a little weird but nothing out of the ordinary. We had class outside with all of the chairs drug to the patio, it was quite nice. For some reason it is still warm outside even though it is approaching NOVEMBER. Side not: Why does Durango seem to ever be cold like the rest of the state? But back to the class, Bill started out the class giving us crap about how he has never had a class more hatful on some “fake chocolate candy” because the previous class he had given us tootsie rolls and there was some back lash to why would we ever eat this! So Bill then proceeds to pull out that good stuff, Reese’s Peanut Buttercups – what we deserve. Bill then asks the question is anyone going to dress up for Halloween and if we would be wearing it to class on Friday. Bill is claiming that he is, but not much are willing to because what is the point? He then makes the claim what if I give you scholars extra credit? Opening some of the kids eyes and attention.
“All the time we are making claims. Lets go to this movie. I cant I got work but tomorrow lets go.”
Now Bill is calling on students and asking there opinions on the subject to dress up or not dress up. Asking students to make their claims. I still do not know why Bill is always making us make claims and statements but I know there is a method to the madness somewhere down the road. Maybe to get us to think about the way we use language or how we interact with one another on a day to day basis? I do not know. Back to the class setting.
Katelyn makes the claim – If we dress up in a costume we will get extra credit.
Tyler – Effort and the cost of a costume is reason enough to not dress up
Josh – can we please just do it but Jon – quickly rebuttaling that some will not want to dress up
Claire – its fun
Ethan – You get to make connections with other people in costumes
Bill – he makes counter proposal saying it has to have an academic reason, so it is. Those who dress up on Friday as a sign that they understand the process of argument for dressing up and not dressing up. It will be a sign of participation that they took notes and engaged.
We all agree as we take a vote and not one student is against it.
After writing this and now reading through my notes a couple more times I see that Bill is using all of these claims and exercises to demenstraight how people argue. How to really what is argument. How the use of it is all around us and everyday. In my opinion like Drew said “we fight all the time to get what we want” which is a brief but pretty accurate definition of what argument is and used for. We are learning to argue here, in class, to better our skills outside of school and in the world.