Those looking for my first blogging adventures can find theme here:
My New Year's goal is to reflect more on my teaching. Specifically, do more reflecting in writing.
At the beginning of the school year, I was teaching 6 online classes. That proved to be far too much. I had only the last classes for 6th grade math and 7th grade math to prepare them for my departure. I asked the 2 groups to write something. Most of the comments were to the effect of missing me as their teacher; that math was fun in my class.
Currently, I'm teaching 2 high school math classes and 1 middle school math class, all online. Each class meets twice a week in 3 different Blackboard Collaborate classrooms.
The reason I kept the 8th grade class was that a student's parent had emailed me about how much her daughter enjoys my math classes. Her daughter never had liked math before my class.
An entirely different student said the same thing in class this past week. She told me she had hated math before. Now, she really likes math and has fun in my classes. She also told me I'm a good teacher.
I need to focus on positive comments like these. I get far too many negative comments, especially from some of the students' parents at progress-report time.