When soccer season is in full swing, I slip into reduced functionality mode. So lessons will lack a certain something, typos find their way onto tests, and things like writing about my school year fall to one of many back burners. But, inspired by a very successful week, I thought I'd share a couple moments that summarize why I do this job, and why I have no idea why some people take teaching so seriously.
Poster projects are my go to money activity just for all the great collaboration moments they offer. I also like them because often it encourages kids to visualize a problem and I get some insight into how they interpret things. It also gives them an opportunity to express themselves. The only instruction is "draw the scenario." Not some 15 step rubric that fits with how they "should" visualize a problem. And thus, you get Megatron interacting with vectors:
Feedback is also important. Wise classroom management gurus will teach you about learning to say things like "oh, new glasses" or "hey, blue shoes" as easy ways to let the kids know they're important and someone is paying attention to them. Often kids will doodle on test papers. Some might find this annoying, but it has a tendency to break up the monotony. So I make sure to give the kids a way to know I looked at their drawing: