Saturday, September 14, 2019
#MyFavFriday - Good Things are Happening!
Back to school this year has been rough! I LOVE my kids and I've had the same preps for the past 3 years, but we changed our bell schedule this year, so that has taken some adjustment plus very full classes means more papers to shuffle and honestly I'm just trying to keep up on a daily basis! Good things are happening though and that's the thing to keep in mind!
My Favorite Homework Response
My Favorite Exit Ticket Prompt
My Favorite AP Stat Activity of the Week
My Favorite Geometry Activity of the Week
But one thing that remained the same throughout the week was how much I just enjoyed eavesdropping. I know that sounds weird, but there were some powerful mathematial discussions going on this week in Geometry! From students working through an "Around the Room" multiple choice activity from Katrina Newell to arguing over the math in the Wild Wonders Amusement Park to helping each other find patterns in midpoints, the level of collaboration and engagement was one that I just wanted to bottle up and keep for the days that we aren't feeling it. I could literally watch each child this week as they grew as mathematicians and it was just beautiful. I know that is sappy, but true :)
My Favorite New Parent Outreach
Last weekend, I ran across this tweet from Lauren Johnson about sending home parent emails each week. Last year, one of my goals was increased parent communication and I wanted to do more this year. Lauren's email came and just the right time! Last weekend, I sent out 6 "Student Shout Out" emails and this morning I sent out 7 more. I am *LOVING* this idea to just send a quick email to the parents about their child and I have no idea why I didn't do it before! The responses I've gotten back from parents have been so positive and I just can't say enough good about this method. :) Thank you Lauren!!!
This was our first 5 day week of the year and I'm exhausted by excited about the fun yet to come! I hope all of you have a blessed weekend!!
Happy Belated Friday!