Wednesday, January 21, 2015
And Then a Miracle Occurred
It was a bad, bad day. Algebra readiness. These classes were filled with freshmen who were not ready for algebra. And many were not fans of math anyway.
2nd period came in like a herd of wild elephants. They were loud. Wouldn't let me get a word in edgewise (and I was supposed to go over notes with them). And they thought it was fun to play around. Throwing paper at each other. Screeching.
I keep a tally of the number of times I have to stop and get their focus back. (I leave that number for the teacher.) It was north of 20.
So, typical freshmen. And I knew my day was going to be very, very long.
3rd period was pretty much the same.
I wasn't expecting much from 4th period. I started off the period by explaining that I had a bunch of stuff to go over with them (the notes were on scientific notation), and if they would help me out by paying attention while I did that, they could talk afterwards.
I got into the meat of the lesson...and the class settled. One student even commented on how quiet the class was.
I held my breath. I crossed my fingers. And somehow they remained settled for the entirety of the lesson.
Too bad 5th and 6th periods went crazy. At least I had a period of not-so-bad.