#ThankATeacher @IllustrateMath handed this Monday by S who has shown growth and a better mindset #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/ukPliu3PAG— Martin Joyce (@martinsean) May 2, 2017
I discussed some of the students responses with my colleagues, and the last section I discussed with my 5th period. Many students mentioned they didn't like it when I yelled. I observed that there period was the only one that complained about that. It was the lowest performing, most off topic class, and had the biggest spread between really high and really low. I also had a smaller variety of participation in the class because of this, and I really worked on my wait time a lot all year with this class.
At one point in the year, a student reminded me I threw a pencil at the wall, which scared her. I admitted that I took it too far that time, and was trying to get through to them by being dramatic. She said this scared her. I admitted I was wrong and apologized I went too far that time.
Even on the last week of school I was reviewing student results to Marbleslides: Lines while it was paused and students were talking when I was talking. I calmly said, this is a scenario where I yelled earlier in the year. And I'm not yelling right now, just pointing it out so you know.
Overall, students didn't like changing their seats weekly, even though many would ask are we changing seats today on Mondays.
It hurt seeing a student say they didn't like anything about the class at all, when struggling all year. I even would make a point to come talk to her on an individual basis in group work to build up her contributions and ideas.
Students really liked the Wheel of Theodorus project with pythagorean theorem, it was mentioned multiple times. Students who did the homework, liked the short discussion about it each day after the warmup. Many students grew to enjoy group work, and some still are against it. It's a work in progress.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to a great summer of reading, playing with my daughter, and with some math toys with my mom, daughter, and cousins.