"Alright! Let's finish up the notes for the section and then I have some practice for you."
**10-15 minute discussion of Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion**
"Groovy! If you turn the page in your note packet, you'll see the page that I'd like you to work on. If you have some difficulty with the scale for the graph, let me know. Go to it!"
I gave this intro in all five classes today. Anyone who claims that teenagers can operate well at 7 in the morning is living in a world of unicorns and rainbows.
As the day progressed, the students became more engaged with the activity. I have fallen into the classic teacher trap of thinking that just because students are quiet that they are paying attention. It became obvious today that a large portion of my morning classes, were not so much engaged as much as asleep.
Maybe I should start my morning classes with jumping jacks. I have a certain amount of sympathy for them, since I know about half have jobs that keep them out late. I'm just not sure what else to do.