Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First Day of School

Besides the fact that it was near 100 degrees in my classroom, I had a great day!  I'm so thankful for a last minute Pinterest check before school and discovered this activity.  It took approximately ten minutes from start to finish.

I have a huge bulletin board in the back of my classroom that I use to display student work.  This was the perfect spot!  I grabbed two pieces of blue poster board and a wrote on one half of a sheet of bright pink paper "Math is..." and on the other half "I hope Mrs. Fisher...".

I asked my Geometry students (8th and 9th graders) to answer truthfully.  Be reflective.  This activity made me nervous.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  Here are the most common and unique of the 150 responses I received today:

Math is ...
boring but needed
my weakest subject
time consuming
a way to solve problems
not my favorite subject
shapes and numbers
my strongest subject
better than Science
great when you know how to do it

I hope Mrs. Fisher...
teaches well
is nice (to everyone)
does fun things
doesn't give homework
gives me time to answer
explains things good
give us opportunities to learn
becomes my favorite teacher
helps me
is fair
connects with me as a student
isn't mean or grumpy
can help me reach my goal

They did a great job.  This really gave me insight on how my students perceive math and what they would like from their math teacher.  We are going to discuss some of their responses tomorrow as a class.  I think I'm going to keep the poster boards up and use them for more "Sticky Note" answers.

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