We’re on block schedule right now for junior state testing. It’s made the transition back a bit more complicated in terms of planning, but the kids have handled it with grace.
To make up for lost time, I assigned not one but two quizzes on Monday. And since we’re on block, the last day of the week for my odd hours was today. Yes, they had three days to prep for two quizzes.
And they did amazing.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and I feel that’s often true for teaching. I’ve had to re-do my unit for AP prep/review due to our new timeline, and–at minimum–I’m thinking of new ways to help my kids learn. And that’s always exciting to me.
The first quiz I gave was a vocab and theorems quiz: definitions the kids just need to know. I gave them twenty minutes. They were done in ten.
The second quiz covered everything I asked them to learn–on their own–during the walkout. Because it was longer than most quizzes, I let them work in groups, but told them I would choose only one student’s quiz from each group to grade and that would be the whole group’s grade. Holy. Moly. I’ve never–ever–seen kids so focused on math. Every single conversation revolved around calculus. They conversed; they debated; and they came up with mostly the right answers together.
I walked out of school today exhausted, because block. But I also walked out so incredibly proud to be these kids’ teacher.
As one group was finishing their quiz, they were discussing meeting Friday night to study for Saturday’s mock exam (swoon). One girl said, “Yeah, I told my boyfriend he can expect to see me again after May 15.”
When they work this hard, it makes you want to do anything for them, doesn’t it?
This is a stubborn, hardworking generation. Lord have mercy for anyone who stands in their way. They will move mountains.
And I can’t wait to bear witness to it all.