On Tuesday I taught the kids how to do a guided outline, which is a good tool for kids to use to help with their content area reading. I modeled how to do it, we did part of it as a class, and then they worked with their groups. No problem.
Then I said the words that apparently were spoken in a language foreign to twelve-year-olds: "We will go over this and grade it on Friday so if you haven't finished, it's homework."
On Wednesday and Thursday I had written on the board that homework was to finish their guided outline as it was due on Friday.
I also said multiple times that the guided outline was homework and due on Friday. Any guess what I heard from some of my kids when I asked them to get out their guided outlines on Friday?
"You mean we had to finish it?'