One of challenges of teaching math is being able to satisfying answer the question ‘why’? Before we can even answer the question for students, we have to answer the question for ourselves. Why does the math work this way? It’s much easier to teach a student how to do a problem. It’s a bit harder to explain to them why it works the way it does. It’s even more challenging to help them discover the why for themselves.
What do you do if you don’t have a planning period? How do you help students master a skill after they’ve failed a test? How do you correct students when they’re wrong? Any advice for a first time long-term sub? We explore these questions into today’s Q&A show.
Sometimes we don’t utilize simple tools that could have a powerful impact in our classroom. Skype has always been one of those tools for me. It has the power to bring the world into my classroom but I’ve rarely utilized it. I think it’s not until we hear stories of how others are using it that it begins to spark ideas for what it could look like in our classroom.
My first day in the classroom was as a sub. I went in with ambitions to change young peoples lives; to see the student who isn’t seen, to hear the student who isn’t heard. The sub plan read as follows: “have the students work on odd problems on page 114 in the workbook.” There were about 4 different workbooks amidst the pile of papers on her desk and I don’t know which one she was referring to.
Needless to say amidst my complete lack of classroom management skills and lack of direction, the day was a total wash and one of my worst days in the classroom.
How do you handle the noise level in your classroom and get your students attention without screaming? What do you do about students who just refuse to study for tests? How do you create a self-sustaining classroom? We answer these and more in this first Q&A show!
Had the pleasure of being on Vicki Davis’ 10 Minute Teacher Podcast’ this week! I shared the 5 different ways I greet students depending on the day of the week!