100 Days of Happy
Lost count of days - just going with the flow.
Today’s happy is spending the day (one of three of my March break) with a group of educators all working on math initiatives. Math talk, math thinking, math reasoning, math wondering, math doing….. Worked until about 9, and now am in my hotel room by myself, chilling with the computer and a glass of wine.
100 days of happy. These faces in the morning while I am drinking tea in bed.
Alrhough I am very thankful that I have a week off from trying to rest and recover.
A completely free day. A day of reading and hanging out with my family. Everybody home at the same time. Ending the day reading in bed while my husband falls asleep sitting up with his book in his hand.
Would love some thoughts from fellow #education-ers
My AP gave me two suggestions for ways that I could deal with *that* class. A quick snapshot for those of you just tuning in: 26 students, 12 on IEPs (two more up for eval that should, and hopefully will, receive services.) Mostly it is attention problems but there is also a healthy dose of apathy in the classroom. I have several students who are huge behavioral problems. One of these students has an impulse control issue and they usually will blurt out something once every 20 seconds or so. Their record was something like 72 blurts/outbursts in 39 minutes. So that’s the level of disruption/distraction I’m working with. At progress report time ~11 of them had Ds or Fs simply because they don’t hand in homework or really do any of the classwork as they are more focused on being disruptive. Even after contacting parents and giving them time to make up the work—both in and out of class—they still don’t give me anything. This group of students is the same with all of their teachers so it is not necessarily just my teaching/management style.
Anyway, she gave me two ideas that I’m mulling through to see if either of them makes sense to implement. I’d appreciate any feedback, or if there are any pros/cons that I didn’t think of.
In order to spare your dash, I’m putting it behind a cut
I think both of these strategies are worth a try. Dividing the class in half will certainly help for all the reasons you’ve said. Taking a break half way through is important for kids worth attention issues. I wonder about a combination. Divide the class and begin the midway break strategy. As things settle you slowly take a few more kids into your group every couple of days continuing with the break schedule.
If behaviors escalate stop at that number of kids until you have them focused and then continue.
From CBC Aboriginal
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden and defended by Wab Kinew is the winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2014!!
Do you agree? Is The Orenda the book to change Canada?
Reblogging because Joseph Boyden is spectacular and I don’t want to forget to read this.
Amazing! That book is so excellent. Yesterday I watched this video of Wab Kinew and Steven Lewis debating the violence in the book, and it’s pretty moving. The book gives you a look at a completely different worldview, that of the 17th Century Huron. This is powerful. Like Wab says, "Reconciliation must not be a second chance at assimilation" and to do that, we need to find ways to look outside of Western ways of knowing.
This is my favourite thing about this book, and my favourite thing about anthropology: there are other ways to be. The best authors and ethnographers can get you out of your own head and give you a little glimpse of other ways of knowing and being and living.
Really liked this book. Enjoyed all of the Canada Reads this year.