So I taught the sixth graders this week! It was awesome.
Some things that I learned/observed/analyzed:
- It is hard to get their attention once you have lost it.
- They will try to bend the rules, but they are still honest (for the most part).
- They are eager to help.
- There are ways to make math fun.
- It is nice to have helpers.
I think the biggest thing I need to work on is my classroom management. I am soft spoken, so that makes class management inherently difficult. I guess I need to get used to using a microphone…
In general, everything went really well. The kids had tons of fun AND they learned about velocity, acceleration, and the engineering design process.