I continue to be amazed at how little exposure my students have to common experiences. Every morning students are provided with a fruit or vegetable (strawberries, apples, carrots with ranch, etc.) The fruit for today was raspberries- a pretty common fruit, right? My students examined the berries closely commenting on the “hair” on them. I explained that that’s just how they are- similar to how peaches have “hair.” Then students commented on the sour taste. No, the berries weren’t very ripe, but this was all a very new experience for them. Who knew eating raspberries could be so notable?!
This week I’ve begun teaching about rational and irrational numbers. Overall Monday was a little rough with regards to student behavior. Students were coming back from a 3 day weekend (we had a professional development day last Friday) so that probably didn’t help. My “R boys” group was particularly bad. So yesterday, we discussed what I should do differently to make class go better. (Their first suggestion was for me to give them candy- haha! but they had some other good thoughts.) I also had them tell me what they could do to make class better. Overall they were a lot more attentive. I checked their binders later and most of them had copied all of the notes about rational and irrational numbers. Today we did some practice with these concepts as a class. Once again my “R boys” did well. Let’s hope they keep this up. The biggest thing that I’ve learned that I can do to manage the class is to make sure I don’t present any content that is too challenging. Yes, the students need to be pushed, but it’s crucial that I meet them where they are, or else they’ll just give up and shut down because “I can’t do this!”
On the way home from a “new to CPS” teacher meeting, I was listening to “my” new Flame CD (Christian rap CD that I got from the library today- I love the library!! 🙂 ) I was stopped at a light with my window down getting into the song “We Need You.” I glance at the SUV sitting next to me at the light and there’s this 25 year old guy looking out his window smiling and bobbing his head to my music. I just laugh and keep enjoying my music. haha! Being in the inner city really does make me want to listen to rap music more! 😛