I was a good teacher today. Typically, this time of year can be stressful. We only have 17 teaching days left. Also, the never-ending program practices for the Spring Concert started. (This annual event seems to take over every part of our school day – a topic for another blog.) The students are losing motivation and momentum. Everyone is a little cranky.
So, today I pretended it was January. I like January. The only holiday is Martin Luther King Day and there are no interruptions, except for an occasional snow day. The learning momentum, along with my enthusiasm, is usually high. I made a conscious effort to approach today as if there were snow on the ground and bare branches brushing against the windows of my classroom, rather than the spring breeze and beautiful azaleas. Admittedly, I was in full imagination mode, but I was determined to make learning happen.
I started with a possessive pronoun lesson – risky, I know, but I love grammar. Next, I moved onto our group work with a novel we are reading. Good call on my part – they love when I read to them. I even threw in the occasional southern accent for comic relief. Then we moved onto I.D.R (Individualized Daily Reading) time where I went into full super teacher mode while I worked with kids one on one. I ended the day with comparing and ordering fractions. They loved using the manipulatives I provided as well as my “no sitting still” rule. Everyone had to stand or lean or move during the lesson. They actually grasped the concept of equivalency. Everyone left happy, less cranky and with a pretty good learning momentum in place.
Today was successful. I did my job and I laughed a lot. It’s all in the approach, with a little imagination thrown in for good measure.
So, I was a good teacher today!