Some days you teach really hard and at the end of the day you are just thirsty from talking so much and I know that some teachers might say that’s a bad thing and some days I might agree with them but today we did point recovery for the Unit 1 test (as mandated by the school since we cannot do test corrections) so I spent time going over answers that were commonly missed on the exam and I could have done something that was collaborative but I am definitely feeling that pacing guide breathing down my neck and so I could only spend so much time on it and sometimes the facade drops and you don’t even try to hide the fact that 90% of these blog posts are stream of consciousness so you just write in one big, long run-on sentence that just keeps going and then starts being self-referential and self-referential about being self-referential and I’m going to stop the the loop now before it gets away from me and actually this is sometimes how I teach when I get excited about concepts and the words get fasterandclosertogetherandIhavetoslowdownpurposefully and bring it back to a slower pace that is more reasonable. Lately I have been varying my tone and volume more to really emphasize certain points. I have always tried to speak dynamically with my students. (The only thing worse than a math lecture is a mono-tone math lecture.) But I haven’t been able to vary volume very much because I haven’t had enough control of my classroom to really get a quiet group while I am talking. But this semester I have had much more success so I have been able to follow SUDDENLY EMPHASIZED STATEMENTS with soft and slowly spoken follow ups as explanation.
I know lecture isn’t everything but it has been nice to work on improving my skills as a lecturer this semester because I have had more attentive classes. I still need to improve on my facilitation of group activities, but I am making progress there.
Anyway I know I haven’t written much about my actual lessons today, but that’s because they were pretty boring and routine.
Review and Practice from previous day
Introduce New Material
Practice New Material while integrating old material
The bread-and-butter as it were.
Thanks for reading.