Thursday, September 10, 2015
The class I covered all last week is a middle school math class. One period of 7th graders, four periods of 8th graders. (Luckily, I have a co-teacher at the beginning of the day who's doing all the heavy lifting, which means I'm not coming up with lesson plans on the fly. Ms. V is a total rockstar who's keeping me on track and sane through this.)
Period 6 is... challenging...
Abraham is a standout in a difficult class. That is, he likes to stand up when he should be seated. He likes to shout out when he shouldn't. And he probably has a bit of ADD with all the squirming around he does.
By Thursday I figured it was time to tweak the seats to try to get the immature boys as far away from each other as possible.
I decided to seat Abraham in the front center. All the better to keep an eye on him.
On one side, I put a sweet girl who's been nice and kind and working diligently. On the other side I put the girl who requested a front seat (so she can see the board better). Behind him, I put a quiet boy who seems to be comfortable with the class.
Yeah, I decided to surround Abraham with students least likely to react to him.
Unfortunately, it didn't help. He was still squirming around. Still shouting out answers. Still out of his seat when he shouldn't be. But at least his neighbors aren't enjoying the show.