Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Teaching Wins!

Ever feel like you're "winning" the teaching game?  It doesn't happen all the time.  In fact sometimes it feels like I'm "losing."  But today, I had a win.

Here's a little backstory.  I decided for the second half of the term to give my students my cell phone number with some strict parameters so they can contact me with easy to answer questions.  It has gone perfectly!  I was nervous but I'm glad I did it.

Today, I gave my students the poem, "I like to see it lap the miles" by Dickinson along with questions (one of my products) and explained that for homework they were to complete the sheet.  I also explained that this poem is a riddle with an unknown "it" being discussed.  I challenged them to figure out what "it" was explaining that there are really two possibilities.

Now, here's the WIN...

A few hours later my phone buzzes and I see a text from a student, it says, "The poem you gave us to do.  Just simply cancel out some sentences, connect others that actually make sense and you'll see she is referring to a loud truck or train or something.  Not as hard as I thought."

Not only did he get it right (or at least one of the two options) but he took the time to already do the assignment and to message me about it!  I also thought it was interesting how he explained how he went about it.  It really made me happy.

Lots of other things are going well right now teaching wise too... got some teaching assignments for the summer, attended some awesome professional development meetings (no sarcasm), and have received some really interesting literacy narratives and memoir essays from my one class.


How has your teaching been going?

Thanks for checking in,

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