I've got my English class reading and watching sources that explore the relationship between our environment and the choices we make. It's always nice when an object lesson presents itself.
The last few class periods, we had construction workers right outside our classroom window. Last week, they were using a jackhammer to break up the sidewalk, but apparently it wasn't enough. On Tuesday they brought in a digger and banged the excavator bucket against the cement. It was louder than the jackhammer, but it still seemed futile. Something eventually worked, though. Today we watched the digger haul away a great mass that had been buried in the earth. We also watched the digger inadvertently slide sideways down the grassy hill and stop when it hit a tree. We wondered if the driver knew he had an audience.
We couldn't help but be distracted. Or could we?