I’m baaaaack! I decided that since today was already March 18, we wouldn’t be doing our usual March Madness activity, (renamed “Tournament of Awesomeness”) that Nathan gave us.
But my kids wanted it. They remembered. They like it. Now I have to find my basketball hoop! And when I went to look up how we set it up, I found that I started about this time in March last year as well. Here’s the link to previous March Madness posts. It’s going to work out fine. I just have to narrow it down to 32 teams.
Nathan, if you’re there and have a good way to get the “hoop” part streamlined a bit, please tell!!
Other than that, we only got through a few “back from spring break” questions in each class: Where were you, how was it, and what were you doing. Because everyone wants to talk, I let them hear me ask each question six to ten times, commented and talked briefly with each kid, and then did three stand-up, 30-second breaks so that they could each try to ask the same question of five or six others. It wasn’t so much for input as it was for class unity and to give everyone a chance to tell about their break. Sometimes these “tell us about…” sessions go on for many days, and I still miss kids who want to tell what happened or to tell their lie.
I wanted to ask “What was the best thing that happened to you,” and “Where would you have gone/what would you have done” questions, but didn’t get to them. It’s hard to believe that really listening to answers can take so long! I used to always do the weekend report on Mondays, and today we returned to that format. We shouldn’t have left it!
I didn’t think I’d be saying this…but I’m glad I’m back!
PS I probably won’t be teaching in Seattle on May 16, but I’ll go there in October for a Saturday, it seems.