Just a quick write as my summer is getting ready to officially begin!
A few things that I did this year I want to record for future reference.
Thanks to @riehlt at TMC-Atlanta for this simple little box. Did it end all distractions? No. Did it solve cell-phone issues with all students? No. But to be honest, I can only think of two students that I actually had to write a disciplinary referral – for cell phone disruptions. I could count on two hands how many times students were fully off task and asked to place an item in the box. And I believe everyone I asked to place in the box, complied. I will be utilizing it again next year.
I handled cell-phones a bit differently this year as well. I asked students to let me know beforehand if something was going on – someone in hospital, surgery, etc. and if/when the message/call came during class, they could let me know and I would ask them to step into the hallway and take care of it. I felt it showed I respected things going on in their lives and they respected our class time.
@gwaddellnvhs shared this I believe TMC-Jenks. What a perfect, economical stand for an old cell phone to video class. Whether its me reflecting on my teaching or a student causing disruptions and I want to see how I could better handle situations – a nice little tool to keep around for videoing.
And finally, Flip Card Charts – I used these in APStats a few years ago and students found them handy to review BIG ideas. So at the beginning of the semester, we created cards for big idea examples. One student even commented – I don’t even need to look it up anymore…I know it now!
I look forward to blogging this summer. The next couple of weeks will be a bit hectic, but I have many ideas in my head that I need to reflect on and write about – in order to clear my head for a relaxing summer!