During this Golden Silence, I read in a feverish manner The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Of course, I told students what I was reading and why I was so absorbed in the excellent story, clever incorporation of Greek mythology, and gratifying character development. A few students responded with "Oh I read that book", but most barely looked at me and resumed to their laser-like focus on the computers. I also told them that I may be "lost" in my reading so they should make some polite noise to attract my attention if their raised hands failed to bring me back. And don't you know occasionally I'd glance up and see a lone student with his/her hand raised, silently staring at me.
Hall passing time provided opportunities to share my responses ("I think I know who's going to betray him!") to whatever I was reading with the random passerby. Fortunately for me, the student whose locker is next to my classroom and the teacher across the hall both loved the book and indulged my utterances with misleading commentaries ("Oh too bad his friends died").
It was an excellent Friday.