I have to confess that a couple of the math topics we have to cover are NOT my favorites: time and measurement. So I am going to have to work very hard to muster up some enthusiasm for these topics. As Dave Burgess explains in his book Teach Like a Pirate, above all, we need to show enthusiasm for what we are teaching. If you're having a hard time doing that, fake it or change your focus. Since I am very enthusiastic about teaching problem solving, I'm going to try incorporating as many opportunities as possible for students to use their problem solving strategies into these units. (Great book, by the way!)
Each classroom has a restaurant theme that guides our literacy activities for the weeks preceding the event. My theme is "McNab's Mother Earth Cafe," and I go all out with the 70's feel in honor of the first Earth Day. I even wear a flower child costume!
Have a groovy day!
|Graphic from DJ Inkers|