It's so strange, sitting in my classroom and not being the one who leads the lesson. But that's what I did today as my student teacher, Amanda, lead my Creative Writing students in activities that will lead to informative writing.
She did a great job. And most of the kids kept on task as she led them through what she wanted them to do.
What did I notice?
Most of them had phones out and sneakily texted any moment they could. Until I moved into their area and sat down. That's the great thing about the comfortable furniture in my room. There are lots of places to sit and observe. And phones silently got put away. I need to deal with this.
End of the year syndrome seems to have kicked in--in all of my classes--we still have a quarter to go. What can we do to combat this?
This is why I love having a student teacher. I get to look at my classes from a new perspective. And fix what's broken!