I know I haven’t Tumblred for a while….it might be because I follow so many different Tumblrs (education, art, book arts, craft, reading, etc) that I get overwhelmed when I look at my feed.
But teaching is going great!
Something new I am doing this year is using our iPads as document cameras. Students are currently working on a shading worksheet and now I can lead them through each part of it by demonstrating with the camera function on the iPad, and then as I circulate and help students, I can refer to my example on the screen, or demonstrate more! This also causes many students to slow down and work carefully, rather than zooming through all 3 pages quickly and then I have to spend time telling them what they need to fix.
I know a few of my students mistake my “help” as criticism…because I still get the “is this good? am I doing this right? do you like this?” questions (these are high schoolers!). But I explained that when they turn this worksheet in, I will be grading it, so when I help them in class, I am trying to help them so they get a good grade.
I did have to write a referral yesterday for 2 students who were throwing little bits of kneaded erasers around the classroom. It looks ridiculous when written on the referral form, but I was generally pissed off about it since we rely so much on student donations for funds. Plus if I don’t find the erasers on the floor, they end up on peoples shoes.
I’m really disappointed in those 2 students….so now they’ve lost the privilege of using the kneaded erasers when shading. They’ll have to earn back my trust. How? I don’t know.
But yes, we are LOW ON DONATIONS because the administration is making it difficult for students to donate. Ugh. Our department chair is doing her best. Yes, I know there is DonorsChoose…but our school is not in a low-income area (not in a high-income area either, but we have a mix of everyone). So I don’t know how to make the classes look “appealing”….