Teaching Reflections + One Good Thing

After school today we had a staff meeting where we talked about reflecting on teaching and I realized I hadn’t reflected here in a while.

One reason I think I “took my foot off the gas” was because at the start of last year, an 8th grader told me “I found your blog and read what you’re teaching us–will we also be doing this activity and that activity?” On the one hand, that was great. On the other hand, this student had the potential to spoil and surprises that I had for others, so it kinda killed my blogging momentum.

Right now I think no students know about this, so I’m going to get back in the habit of reflecting on my teaching regularly.

So for today I just wanted to say one thing that happened in my class that has solidified one practice I do for the rest of my teaching career.

A student walking into my room to ask me a question. Her friend, probably an upperclassmen (Jr. or Sr.), who I do not know, came in with her and commented “that’s cool” pointing to my birthday whiteboard where I write student’s birthdays and half-birthdays.

If a student whose name isn’t on there likes that, think how much more that means when I recognize students’ birthdays and half-birthdays by writing it on the board even if I forget to tell them Happy Birthday on their birthday.

I will forever write student’s birthdays somewhere in my room for as long as I teach.

Yes, a student wrote down a fake name while they were in tutoring and I was out of the room at a faculty meeting.

And yes, it’s my wife’s birthday this week. Don’t worry, I’ve got a really good birthday present for her! I just hope it arrives on time.


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