My standardized testing duty assignment today was to hang out with the kids who showed up to school when they weren't supposed to. I spent the time talking with my colleague about gun control, education and comic books.
I truly enjoy my new department.
I handed out the science activity menu to the 1 astronomy class that I saw today. We had a discussion about differentiation and they seemed to be fairly excited about the options. I posted the menu and the vocabulary list (which I made up on the spot) onto the class web page and most of them got started working on the first assignment.
I am also VERY much enjoying the discussions and debates that we are having in physics around inertia and force application. There are so many aspect that seem counterintuitive and provide great fodder for class discussion.
More than previous topics, this one seems to interesting and engaging, which is appreciated all around.
I'm doing a better job of forcing students to justify there reasoning than I have been. Instead of saying "good" or "you couldn't be more wrong" I'm asking them to explain, asking other students to restate their points and argue over theory.
I also received a new student and we are being very welcoming, but he seems a bit overwhelmed by the dynamic that we've developed. I think he will fit in well.
Standing around for 3 hours in exhausting. I'm going home to practice guitar.