So I text the student:
- Do u hv unlimited txt?There's a delay, a gap of time, and it passes by until eight minutes later:
- Do u hv web?
- R U mendacious?
- R U calling me a liar?I'm rolling a size-1 soccer ball to Quinn. She's just mastered sitting-up, and when the ball stops between her legs, she leans over, picks it up, and treats it like a teether.
- Would U prefer b n sagacious?
- Yeah, wise. That's me. Ms. 2400!So now I tutor and the student responds at varying times. I'm not going to claim this is perfect; a substitute for face-to-face, pull out the Kaplan, Princeton Review, and College Board books. But when our lives seem to pull us in every direction except the one that brings us together, this strategy keeps us cognizant of our task, and provides another way for students to learn and teachers to teach.