The honeymoon is over, and I had rather a difficult day yesterday with one class. I thought about what I would ask others and suggest if I heard about this group.
My class is set up in Fred Jones style with space between rows. We have routines for starting the day and ending it. Many students have jobs.
But I had been responding too quickly to student blurting, and I hadn’t had enough structure for some in the long periods.
So today I made sure to do the slow stop and stare from Bryce a la Fred Jones. I also started with a quiz on yesterday’s story (I usually don’t do that, because it shuts out yesterday’s absentees). We pulled out the current (4 dates on a sheet) Listening Rubric and got it ready for grading today. Then the students had a cloze exercise on the song we’ve been doing lately. We worked on repeating the story that we’d started, and by then, the class was behaving much more like the one I expect to see. Phew!
Maybe it was all because of the full moon and they’re better today because we’re waning.