Some of these work some of the time. Sometimes, the method that worked yesterday won't work tomorrow.
Sometimes the method that worked in 2nd period won't work in 5th.
It's part of the nature of education. It's not good enough to have a good lesson. It's not enough to have a GREAT lesson. Great lessons can flop if the sky is slightly cloudy or the new Jay-Z album dropped the night before.
At the same time, a crap lesson that's been thrown together at the last second can go amazingly well for no reason at all.
Today, I thought I had possibly a crap lesson. My plan was to have today be a practice day as transition from one section to another.
"I'd like you to work on page 51 in your workbook. I'll be walking around if you have any questions!"
I told them they could use the whiteboards around the room or write on the desks if they wanted.
And a miracle happened!
Not just some of them.
|It's true, award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones!|
I'm going to try this more often. The next time that it fails, someone remind me of today.