It has most definitely been a rough week in the geometry class I am (attempting) to teach in.
3 Trigonometry Ratios + 2 Special Right Triangles + 35 Unmotivated Students + 1 Student Teacher = 1 Short Lived Episode of Depression + 1 Decision To Try Harder
Here’s a break down of this weeks Wins and Losses:
- “Warm Up” lesson inspired by Awkward Family Photos (feel free to steal this gem)
- Not having a mental breakdown in front of the class
- Tutoring a couple students until they reached that “ah-ha, this is easy” moment
- Multicultural fair that made class on Wednesday 5 minutes shorter
- Third period doesn’t meet on Thursdays
- Futility of trying to make Warm Up fun/funny/noticeable
- Developing teacher voice that sounds like a cross between Victoria “Gonna Have a Baby” and your mom.
- Short term memory loss of the students who “got it” the day before
- Got called “brazy”
- Looked up “brazy” on UrbanDictionary.com
- Students demanding cookies in exchange for learning
- Multicultural Fair exposed fledgling social skills (I’m not a
girlstudent, not yet a womanteacher)
Hopefully tomorrow will end the week on a brighter note. Made “Jeopardy” activity to review for test and bought two bags of candy to coerce participation. You do what you gotta do on Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Fun fun fun, yeah.
Read a book for my education studies class called Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students by their Brains. At this point, I’m well on my way towards writing a book called Teaching Outside the Cafeteria: How to Grab Your Students by their Stomachs.
Honestly, what did you expect?