The trimester schedule certainly has its challenges. Not the least of these is the notion of “starting over” in the middle of February. Mentally I feel like I should be in the middle of some deep and dirty math, but in reality I am meeting new kids and teaching classroom policies and procedures…again…developing relationships with new kids takes time and I feel like I’m trying to do it in a matter of days. I had to let go of some TOTALLY AWESOME students that I will truly miss. I was fearful of the new crew I was going to get, but luckily I seem to be blessed with good students who (so far) buy into my antics. Trading seniors for sophomores is scary, but to this point I must admit that I am pleased.
I know I have blogged about this before, but I really am reminded of the importance of saving some time at the beginning of a class (even in Feb) to create a welcome and open environment. Once again I have offered my students time at the end of each day’s class to write down a question or observation they have for me. I will photograph some of these and add them tomorrow, but suffice it to say, the students almost all seem to appreciate the opportunity to let me into their personal lives a little. It takes a bit of time, because I respond to each student’s thoughts, but in the end the time it takes is far repaid later on.
This has been a total ramble, but that’s how my brain is working lately. Thanks for indulging me. Maybe tomorrow will be more coherent.