Friday, March 21, 2014
Day 125: Drawing My Students
In geometry, I started talking about gravitational waves, moved through chemical bonding and into torque, which lead to us watching Veritasium videos. It wasn't content, but I was alright with it.
My frustration had leaked out enough that our building math coach offered to come to my pre-algebra classes today. Having another set of adult eyes makes a huge difference in a classroom and my classes were much more productive.
Relatively, but I'll take it!
I had the pre-algebra classes working on the Chapter review in the text book for the last few days, so today, we went over it.
I listed all of the numbers on my dry erase board and asked which student wanted to do which problem. After a short period of kids avoiding my eye, I called on someone and asked which problem he would put on the board. As soon as he picked one, there was a rush of kids to call problems they could do.
One by one, they went up, put their work on the board, answered the questions I asked and passed the pen. I started by putting smiley faces next to the names of kids who completed their presentations. After a few, one girl asked if she could have a star instead. Then a boy asked for a smiley face in a different color with stars for eyes.
Then it escalated.
In period 8/9, I started the same way, but a girl said "That doesn't look like me! Where's my pony tail?"
That escalated as well.
Overall, it was a much better day than I've had in a while and so I will revel in it and be pleased with the positive interactions with my students.
Tonight, I'm bringing my daughters back to the school to watch a presentation of Frozen that's being played by the students in the Service Learning Class as a fundraiser. Many of those students are my geometry kids and I would like to support their efforts.
It will be a good time.
Then tomorrow, ROLLER DERBY!!