Well, today was a bit of a let down after the good things I have been seeing happening in my classes. Like Justin though, I realize that not everything can go well all the time. Today in my algebra classes we were working on composite transformations. They had been doing really well on transformations so I thought this would be review and smooth for them. All of a sudden everyone forgot everything and learned helplessness was rampant. I asked them to pull out their notebooks where they had recorded the steps and previous transformations to help them. No one could do this until I personally walked to each desk and asked them one by one, waited until they pulled it out, and turned to the page where the instructions were. This took a good part of the period, so as you can imagine, not much was accomplished. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.
In my 3rd period geometry class the geometric mean exploration went very well. Students really dug in and were working hard at following the steps, making observations and working their way to the proportions. In the last two classes it was a completely different story. One girl became very upset and angry that I would not tell her the answers or the point of the exploration. She was quite rude to me and this caused a couple of other students to chime in. I stopped the class, explained that this is a discovery assignment and that there will be times in life when discovery will be an important skill. I actually told them to come to class tomorrow with better attitudes. How do you like that one Justin?
They are kids, and because of that there will be good days and bad. We all have to learn to adjust to exterior factors which can greatly affect our attitudes and willingness to interact with each other humanely. Even me.
Tomorrow is another day.