yesterday was really hard. personally and professionally.
today was better.
tomorrow I have the post conferences for my first formal observation (which was yesterday). I think I did pretty well but ???????
Do you find that certain types of students at your school/in your classes are drawn to you? To put it another way, are there any characteristics that the students who connect with you share?
It’s interesting to see what most people responded; most connect best with the nerdy, studious kids, or the kids who are bad and have issues with authority.
While I hope all my students feel connected to me and the class [and I do think it’s a wide range, including plenty of nerds and “bad kids”], I seem to be the rare exception here in that I do connect with the jocks and the popular kids, despite myself being a geeky theater type when I was in high school. Anyone else like that?
I am too. The students that I have connected most with at this point are two cheerleaders and a football player.
From the big bang to the formation of the moon to the cambrian explosion to today, this is Our Story in One Minute.
One of the most Beautiful videos i have ever seen.
Because apparently I am and no one told me until this morning. I mean I guess I should have assumed, since about half my students are juniors, but still. Some advance warning would be nice. Also, I guess they’re using my classroom, but I won’t actually be proctoring in my classroom??
Hmmmmm…… Tomorrow I get to be at school extra early for PSAT Proctor Training, which sounds almost as bad as being in high school and having to take the PSAT/SAT/ACT all over again.
Sometimes I see some of you guys posting really cute projects and I think to myself, “Aw, I wish I was an Elementary Edu. major” but then I spend some time with kids in the age group and then I think, “Mmm, better not.”
This is very much me.
It’s Monday morning and
-I look cute
-I’m leaving for work early for once
-I have an awesome plan for today and pretty solid tentative plans for the week
-I have a class set of white boards now ($15 at Home Depot for a board that cut down into 32 12”x12” boards!!)
-I woke up this morning with my very first Adult-with-a-capital-A paycheck in my account (yay I can pay my rent this month without borrowing from my parents)
So yeah it’s Monday morning but I’m feeling pretty good BRING IT ON, WEEK.
Having my students email me their lab reports means a few things:
Yes, I am a giant hypocrite since I just finished tomorrow’s plans like 15 minutes ago. Deal with it, there was important football to be watched this weekend.
Remember this post about how I have the twins of a coworker?
Well today I put the pieces together and realized that I ALSO have our principal’s daughter in my class. Yes, it took me two full weeks to figure this out.
Good thing she’s a Doctor Who fan so we totally bonded on day one.
I have a student who I suspect has ADHD. I know he’s been tested for it, but as far as I know, no official diagnosis has been made (if it has, it’s not in his 504).
Today during class he asked me, “can someone with ADHD still get good grades?”
So of course I told him absolutely, and that my brother has ADD and went to a really good college. Our conversation didn’t get much further than that because this was super off topic (see part about me suspecting he has ADD) but if he thinks he can’t do well in school because he might have ADD, that breaks my heart.
Spent all weekend yelling at football games (my high school on friday, UW on saturday, and the seahawks tonight). Now my voice is all raspy. Teaching tomorrow could get interesting.
So we are about three weeks into the quarter, and I am starting to panic a little because I haven’t collected very much stuff from my kids. This concerns me on two fronts: 1) from a formative assessment standpoint and 2) from a gradebook standpoint.
I feel like many of my lessons lately have been me talking at the kids about how to do a math procedure and less of them discovering and practicing mathematical concepts. I want to shift away from so much direct instruction, but I am also feeling the pressure of how much stuff they need to cram into this quarter.
I had this thought yesterday - I haven’t really graded anything yet! Given the plans I have now, by the time I’m done with week three I’ll have 5 grades for my chem students and probably only 3 grades for my freshmen (not counting things like getting the syllabus signed). My freshmen keep notebooks, and I’m doing random notebook checks with them to keep them up to date. They have 2 homework assignments due tomorrow, and i’m trying to decide if I want to grade the two of them + the notebook check I’m doing tomorrow separately, or if I want to just make it easy and throw it all in as one grade. Regardless, not that many grades. I’m quizzing all 150 of my students tomorrow, so I have a fun weekend of grading ahead of me.