How mean am I BTW that I throw her into THIS unit to start with? What a jerk! Maybe I should have waited for something easier....wait, for these Algebra 2 kids nothing seems easy. Like the normal distribution or rational functions would have been easier? Not so much.
So we had these six problems. Nobody was getting anything. Everybody was asking questions. They find it difficult to actually think through the situations. They find it difficult to actually think.
I asked my student teacher how involved she wanted me to be - do you want me to bounce around and help? Yeah, that sounds like a good idea since they have a lot of questions.
We put on the full court press. All students were furiously trying to understand and all students were trying to think through the problems. She and I bounced from pair to pair to pair (the kids are in pairs in my classroom) answering questions about all six problems. We slowly moved kids from "I don't get it" to "I might get it" to "I think I get it." All kids finished with some level of confidence with these problems.
And after doing this two hours in a row, my student teacher & I were exhausted.
She felt very bad about how the week has gone. She felt that it was disastrous since so many kids had questions. I stepped her back.
"You know, it seemed really chaotic, but if you really think about it, there was a TON of learning going on today."
And truly there was. For whatever reason, not one student chose to opt out and quit. Everyone was trying. Maybe it was because they saw us working so hard, or maybe it was because the end of the trimester is coming up, or maybe it was because the problems were interesting, but on that day, yesterday, the kids were engaged, trying, thinking, and learning.
Great lesson or not, we had them. Put that one in the WIN column.
NOTE: While I was writing this, Matt Vaudrey throws this in my face.
I'll agree with the esteemed Mr. Vaudrey that one measure of success might be that students don't need me. But I'll argue for a different definition today.It's already a great day. mrvaudrey.com/2013/02/22/del…— Matt Vaudrey (@MrVaudrey) February 22, 2013