As expected, I learned a few things about dealing with the younger crowd today. I ended up presenting most of the lesson. This was okay, even if it wasn't entirely expected. The other teacher and I hadn't had any time to plan together.
I had assumed too much on the part of the kids. But the most basic concepts about what makes a "good" experiment (such as only changing one thing) were not part of their minds. Next time I present things with kids, I need to scaffold more. However, I only had 45 minutes today and did the best I could. The kids were more or less into things. They were good sports.
Their teacher told me later that only three of her students last year passed the science WASL last year. She wants very much to do better by her kiddos this year. So, we planned a bit for the future---how she will build on what we talked about today. I'm hopeful for her. She's motivated and cares about what happens in the classroom. She can make a difference.
Other items from my Monday also went well. I'm really learning how to just sit back and listen to teachers talk...and to ask them questions to move their thinking a bit farther...all without judging or being authoritative. One thing that I learned from my conversations today is that teachers want some meaningful recognition. I mean, I know this---but they were specifically talking about their lesson design. After pouring over the information and carefully crafting something---no one sees it but the kids, who may or may not appreciate it. How do I help give them the recognition they deserve?
I wish everyone a pleasant Monday evening. My Sweetie and I are celebrating five years together. Makes me smile, no matter how tired I am.