Coming off of yesterday’s failures, I was hopeful but apprehensive about today. And it was amazing. The kids had a much better idea of what was expected of them, and while their behavior was still not what I want, it was definitely moving in the right direction.
The kids came in this morning, completed their morning work, grabbed the book boxes and started reading. There was a little bit of chit chat, but really, it wasn’t bad and it was easily corrected. This is us during our math lesson this morning, exploring place value:
Here’s what I love about this picture. In this moment, my classroom was noisy, but productive. Kids were working in self-selected groups – exploring, thinking, working their little butts off. I was guiding, facilitating, but never teaching. Today was exhausting in its own way. But mostly, it was energizing. I got the kids to work harder than me!