I had an observer yesterday, a wonderful young student teacher whose energy added to the room. He came in during one class and left partway through the second. We didn’t have a chance to talk, and now I realize that I’m going to need to add a requirement when people come: you have to debrief with me afterward!
I’d never had that happen before. It’s always been the case that the observers stayed either for lunch or after school, and I got to hear their impressions and answer questions. It makes the observation “worth it” for me.
This way, I don’t know what he saw. I do know that my kids are slumping into a weird, energy-less state. It’s very dark (though the days have been bright while we’re inside), with sunrise happening just about an hour before lunch, and darkness falling not long after the school day ends. And it has been below zero for days. I’m hoping for snow as promised this week. Somehow that brings excitement into the air.
Is anyone else having tired kids?
I’m feeling forced to do “activities,” with the kids. I am kind of marching through a series of manipulations of whatever we are doing: ask the story, tell it, picture it, read it, watch it, talk about it, act it, move it, and so on. I’m having to think, “Large group, pairs, small group, individual, listen, read, listen, draw, listen, talk, read, write…” On other blogs, I see everyone having great fun, but we’re not flowing the way we usually do in a way that comes organically through the class needs. Maybe I need to look back to last December and see what we were doing!
OH. I just realized that there’s one other piece to this puzzle. We have to put our specific steps on the board now. I used to put our structures for the day up and a brief outline of what we could do. Maybe it’s that I’m not diverging from my own steps as needed by the kids. Today I’m going to try starting wtih the structures and putting a list of things that we could do. We don’t have to do them all. Two classes will be getting into another MovieTalk routine, so maybe that will help us all.