Today I Sucked
Today I sucked.
Learners were not collaborating – instead they were sitting in groups, but working alone. I haven’t fostered collaboration well enough.
Learners were not taking risks – instead they were waiting to be told what to do, afraid to play around with the math. I haven’t encouraged risk-taking or designed problems that are open enough.
Learners were not having mathematical discussions – instead they were asking each other (and me) “how to do it.” I haven’t created an environment where learners are encouraged to converse in a mathematical fashion.
Learners were not taking pride in the quality of their work – instead they were doing it to get it done. I haven’t created a situation that made them want or need their work to be high quality.
Some of this is probably my own perception; today is the last day of the quarter, so the thought that runs through my head is that we’re a quarter of the way through the year, so they should be starting to get it…right?
But some of this is reality. I will reflect on my practices. I will change some strategies. I will implement some strategies that should have been in place from the start. I will not give up on things that I know will work in the long run. Today I sucked. But Monday I will be better.
Update: I was better Monday.