I am tired today. With a capital TIRED. It seemed like everyone around me was tired. My students were tired. Even our pencils were tired. Tired. I said the word so many times that it lost meaning.
It’s one thing for me to be tired, but when the students are I have to keep things moving to get them engaged. I employed a lot of what I like to call “scene changes” today. Instruction broken into smaller chunks. Every section of a lesson in a different location in the room. Lots of switching between teacher directed, individual directed, small group work, and iPad time. I can always tell when it works because the kids say “gosh today went fast.”
Today went fast. That’s kid code for “you kept me busy and interested today.” That’s what I want to hear. It’s second only to “that was more fun than I thought it was going to be” which really means “Boy I thought that was gonna be lame but you really hit that out of the ball park teach.”
We are all on a learning journey as I work to integrate our iPads into the daily plan and they work to learn how to use them. It feels like double teaching because I am doing all of the teaching I normally do, plus teaching them a new way to do it at the same time. I’m aiming for balance between tradition and innovation and that takes a lot of brain power. For all of us. But at the end of the day, as long as I hear those magic words, I have to figure we’re doing ok.
Today went fast.