My two cents (Week of Jan 18, 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 16th post in the series.

Monday (Jan 11)
No classes — MLK Day

Tuesday (Jan 12)
A rough day; students weren’t learning, I struggled to teach, nothing worked. By the end of it, I found myself questioning so much of what means to be a teacher.

Wednesday (Jan 13)
A better day. A new handshake: And One.

Thursday (Jan 14)
Did my second group quiz, which was paced much better. Because of the natural collaboration they trigger for students, I think these quizzes will be become a routine.

Friday (Jan 15)
For the second week in a row, I had a colleague observe my c0-generative dialogue. The feedback from the both of them was priceless.

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My two cents (Week of Jan 4, 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 15th post in the series.

Monday (Jan 4)
Used Desmos to do my How are you doing? graphing activity to open class. Spent a lot of time catching up with kids and asking them about their New Year’s resolutions.

Tuesday (Jan 5)
In a random act of engagement, I had first period vote for the shirt that I was going to wear for the entire day; they chose a denim button up. Met with two colleagues after school to plan an initiative around teacher compassion based on a recent episode of Freakonomics.

Wednesday (Jan 6)
Feeling the start of a new tradition, I had first period vote again for my shirt and they chose a Boogie Down Books hoodie. Feeling defeated and isolated, I still find myself leaving my camera off during certain staff meetings. Played an uplifting game of Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe with two students during office hours. (OK, that’s three sentences…but it’s my blog, I can break the rules all I want.)

Thursday (Jan 7)
I was shook by the domestic terrorist attack on the capital and frailly attempted to address it with students. First period voted for a cozy sweater that I haven’t worn in over a year.

Friday (Jan 8)
I sat around and pounded the keyboard all day. It was a quiet day, lots of grading.

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My two cents (Week of Dec 21, 2020)

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 14th post in the series.

Monday (Dec 21)
My crusade for student engagement resulted in many minutes of silence today in both 1st and 9th periods. I get frustrated as hell, but, right now, who can blame them for wanting to hide in the shadows of vulnerability and learning?

Tuesday (Dec 22)
I don’t know if my Future Educator Club students know it or not, but I have no idea what I’m doing with them. I’m gasping for air…hoping to find something meaningful to do with them.

Wednesday (Dec 23)
The day opened with excitement as I played the zoom version of my mystery prize game and some students in two classes turned on their cameras to display unexpected ‘Thank You’ messages; the day ended in frustration as I drowned in a pool silence during 9th period. My co-taught 7th period class gracefully and joyfully shared their math haiku.

Thursday (Dec 24)
No classes — Winter Break

Friday (Dec 25)
No classes — Winter Break



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My two cents (Week of Dec 7, 2020)

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 12th post in the series.

Monday (Dec 7)
Haphazardly tried to have students assess their journals. I briefly modeled the process, put them in pairs, asked that they give each other feedback based on the rubric, and then had them report to me a “recommended” grade that they think they deserved.

Tuesday (Dec 8)
Between a horrible night’s sleep, a Future Educator Club Meeting, and an evening MfA session to prepare for MT^2, it was a LONG day. In 5th period, it took the kids 15 minutes to identify 16 characteristics of this graph; in 9th period, it took them 35 minutes to identify 9.

Wednesday (Dec 9)
I added five new call-and-response, virtual handshakes to my collection; one was connected to the first snow of the year. My 5th period class and I created an impromptu masterpiece.

Thursday (Dec 10)
We’ve started a game in 7th period where each day the students challenge my co-teacher to identify a bird that lives in the northeast United States. Today was the Rose-breasted Grosbeak and she nailed it, of course.

Friday (Dec 11)
The second straight Friday in my empty classroom. With grades due next week and student recommendations raining from the skies, I barely had time to eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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