Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Day 83: I Am Tired
I'm running on about 3 hours of VERY broken sleep and my back hurts, so it worked out well that 90% of my geometry class was out, either for a field trip or for standardized testing.
The remaining students and I watched an episode of Mythbusters and then played games.
In pre-algebra, it was another day of direct instruction. It was almost as successful as yesterday, but close enough to make feel alright about it. Our warm-up on Estimation 180 lead to a discussion about comparing volumes, which lead to a discussion about gas mileage, at which point I managed to get us back on topic.
My throat hurts from talking so much and from trying to wrangle kids back to attention,but I've noticed two very important things:
1) The kids who weren't engaged with the projects weren't engaged in this lesson either
2) The kids who spend class talking to each other, continue to talk to each other and refuse to complete tasks unless stood over.
The old me would use this information to claim that disruptive students will continue to be no matter what you do, but I don't believe that's true. I completely and whole-heartedly believe that different students will engage in different way for different types of lessons.
There are those who prefer and excel with projects, those who prefer and excel with direct instruction, those who prefer and excel with group work, individual work, etc.
The true trick of education is finding a way to organize a classroom full of all of these types of learners in a way that maximizes attention and engagement.
But if you're reading this blog, you probably already know that.
I just don't know have any idea how to do it.