Oops. Late to week 1 challenge. But here goes.
I didn’t really think I had anything, until I posted in FB and some former students replied…with things they thought made my classroom unique.
1. Different Word Please is my non-threatening way of redirecting student comments. My standard is “shut-up” anything beyond this phrase will get you a “different word please.” I began using this during my first years of teaching when it was common for several of my students to use profanity. I simply explained I found it offensive and asked that they choose a DWP. It grew into something more. Now its for anything negative toward another person/classmate. I want my students to realize the power our words can carry. I want them to be aware of how what they say and how they say it can makes others feel.
Side note: I have also been using @misscalcul8′s “Say 2 Nice Things” when a student says something negative about themselves or others.
2. Cloud of Kindness was shared by a colleague in my first years of teaching. I explain to students they may have an issue with a classmate but ‘the issue’ should be checked at the door when entering my classroom…there’s a Cloud of Kindness – we are all on the same team, working toward a common goal while in my classroom. Sometimes, I have to wave that cloud over a student’s head if they are having a grumpy day. It seems so ridiculous, their eye roll and snarl often ends up in laughter…it lightens the mood, if only for a moment.
3. Bob Garvey songs…check him out at MathMadness. I cannot remember my first experiences with his songs, but I purchased my cassettes (yes, its been that long ago) and have several favorites I have used through the years.
Adding fractions, draw a tee-pee…
X=-b plus or minus radical b^2 minus 4ac (clap clap clap clap) all over 2a
-b over 2a is the x-value of the vertex, now substitute this in your function, and you’ll find the y-value next…
Y=mx +b to the tune of ymca!
There are many others, but these are probably the ones I hear about most from students.
4. Don’t date until you’re 23. Why? Because your brains aren’t fully developed until early 20s…(and it will save you a lot of heartache and drama). Ha.
I strive to make my classroom a safe place to learn. I want students to know I genuinely care about them. I love them. I claim them as mine, even years after they’ve gone.
As far as my teaching style, I prefer the hands-on, data collection, discovery/inquiry, let the students answer their own questions, do-my-best to give them an out-of-this-clasroom use of what we’re doing/learning. But I suppose most classrooms are very similar in that way. Aren’t they?