The biggest thing that surprised me about my class was how shy they were when it came to technology. They had to be coaxed into clicking on apps on the iPads. They didn't want to play and figure things out. They waited for me to tell them what to do. It was painful for me (I can't stand going slow, I need to move quickly) and I was somewhat impatient. I realized that my mistake was comparing this years students to the students I had at the end of the last school year. I stopped, took a breath, and realized that it was just week two of school. I needed to slow down and let them take it at their own pace.
This reflection on my weaknesses and a little patience payed off and I got the biggest complement a teacher can receive today. My students didn't want to stop! There was a collective "awwwww" when I told them it was time to pack up and go home.
So, what were we doing that had them so engaged.
We were doing paper-slides. We finished our first unit in math and our concluding activity was to do paper-slides on what we had learned about factors and multiples.
If you don't know what paper-slides are, here is the example that I gave my students.
I gave them the assignment on Google Classroom and gave them two tasks
1) Discover what a paper slide video is and how to make one
2) Make a paper slide video on what you have learned about factors and multiples
They work in small groups of 2 or 3. All of the directions, along with the video above was sent to them through Google Classroom and they were required to figure it out. I facilitated and answered questions.
We are not quite finished, but look how engaged we are!
So, I have learned three lessons.
1) Don't freak if your students are not tech wizards within the first two weeks of school
2) Have patience with your students and they will do AMAZING things.
3) Reflect on your teaching and have patience with yourself.
Here's to a great start to a fantastic new year!