We only had 3 days of class this week, but I've been going full blast! In addition to getting up before 5 am, being in an 85 degree (and up) classroom for 8 and a half hours, getting home to take care of my own kids, and running a 5k each day, I've been pouring on the high energy during my classes.
It was so important to me to make this first week a good one, not only for me, but for my students. Knowing that the room was going to be a bit toasty, and that math would be happening in it, I knew many of the kids would be coming to me with some ... demeanor concerns. I don't blame them.
I will get them up and moving around when it cools off a bit, but for now, I wanted to create an air of fun and interest in my room, demonstrating the beauty that is mathematics.
I THINK I've done that. It's hard to tell, simply because the nature of high school students is so different than that of middle school students. It will take me a bit of time to relearn how to read my audience, but so far I think I'm heading in the right direction.
What you do during the first few days will set a tone. What kind of tone do you want to set? Do you want the students to be in charge? Do you want them to be afraid of you? To love you? Do you set a tone of cooperation, or one of domination?
I'm making a conscious effort to use names of everyone I address and to keep a smile on my face as much as possible.
|WELCOME TO MATH!!!|
I managed to write back to every student this week on all of their name tents. It has been time consuming, but very worth it.
We are babysitting for a friend tonight, so I need to run before that happens and then I plan to sleep until school starts up again on Tuesday.