@mrmayo Twittered that he loves the sound of “a classroom full of students madly typing away.” We teachers all love the sound of happily engaged students. But this was music to my old-fashioned ears:
After reading Beowulf and selections from the Exeter Book of Riddles, my grade 8 students tried their hand at writing their own riddles, as a way of exploring metaphor. Then, working by candlelight, they transcribed their verses into Carolingian miniscule while listening to Gregorian chant.
The low light and contemplative singing gave enormous space for thinking–the classroom seemed twice as big. The kids worked, happily, in silence for an hour!