What she wore: black turtleneck, olive green cargos, black snow boots–perfect clothes for an icy day.
We all have those little things that keep us going from day to day:
As I stated before, our kids have had major problems adding and subtracting negative numbers. It seems to be a universal problem for our students and Mr. K and I have struggled to find an effective way to teach it: we’ve tried strange phrasing, complicated rules, ANYTHING to help them with this concept and nothing seemed to work.
The last time our consultant was here she showed us a method–it was a little complicated for our kids, but I could see the possibilities. I started calling the kids up and teaching them the new method. Mr. K watched me do it a couple of times and he started using it too.
On our last test there was VISIBLE improvement on the concept. We’ve finally found something that our kids can use to get the right answer. Basically, if they screwed it up on the last test, it’s because they didn’t use the method. I’m floating on air. Mr. K and I are already plotting for next year.
Doesn’t every teacher feel this way? Like next year I’ll be an even better teacher. I think when I stop feeling that way, I ‘m going to go do something else.