My two cents (Week of May 3, 2021)

For each school day of the 2020-21 school year, I will be writing two sentences to capture some of the impressions, feelings, experiences, or thoughts I had that day. This is the 29th post in the series.

Monday (May 3)
Had a wonderful basketball + lunch session with many kids; I was on fire from three and got really excited (probably too excited). For a moment, in joshing with my students about the score, in riding the wave of a made three pointer, in immersing ourselves in a state of flow on the court, life actually felt normal.

Tuesday (May 4)
Battled though several long bouts of silence in my classes today; it’s clear that the kids are feeling the strain. The day ended with one of the lowlights of the year: an in-person student (who was sitting in the same room as me) left our online class five minutes before the end of the period and didn’t feel bad about it at all…already struggling to engage the class and keep up my energy, I could barely contain myself.

Wednesday (May 5)
Stepped into the day clean, with renewed energy to avoid the pitfalls of yesterday. I ate up answers in the chat and didn’t mandate responses over the mic; I kept everyone in the waiting room as I caught with a student before class during fifth period; I used my signature call and response throughout the day to promote engagement.

Thursday (May 6)
Handed out copies of the Mathematical Voices Vol. 2 manuscript to colleagues to proofread and edit for me. Stayed on unusually long for office hours after school to help students with this week’s Turn In.

Friday (May 7)
Despite grades being due on Monday and several meetings peppered throughout the day, I used my spare time to do push ups in my empty classroom while listening to some inspiring excerpts of Chris Emdin. Had a rough end to the day.

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