I’ve started writing a reflection on my week a few times now and then think, “I don’t know what happened in math this week!” It’s not exactly true. If I really concentrate, I can remember, and even make some assessments about our week. In fact, I did that as I was planning for next week.
However, there are bigger things going on in my class this week that take the forefront in my mind. We had some successes with some behaviour management systems. We had some tears when kids were told they were moving to another class because our class was too full (tears from the leavers, and the stayers!) We were excited about our worms. We did some art. And we really practised walking down the hall when I had anticipated practising counting and sorting the doors in our school.
So, our math lessons this week we’re not a huge spectacular wonderful set of lessons I want to blog about. Math was good. Math was fun. And I learned a whole lot about my learners. However, there was just a lot more going on this week that is on my mind.
I was at the grocery store this afternoon. There was a man whistling a beautiful tune. Everywhere I went I could hear him. I could even hear him when he was a few aisles over from me. At one point our paths crossed and he smiled and said, “Excuse moi.” I answered in English, “No problem.” But as I walked away I realized I knew how to answer him in French. I know how to respond to him in the language he had used to speak to me. And yet I did not naturally do that. I had answered him in English before I even register that he was speaking to me in French and I could answer him in French.
That is where I am with my math teaching on this Saturday. I am naturally thinking about all the obvious big successes that we had that were indirectly related to our math. Everything we did is improving our math classes, and our classroom community, and is therefore important. It is just that the math is not naturally at the forefront of my mind today.
I am diving into one of the Young Mathematicians at Work units this next week. I should have more to write about then. But the truth is teaching is all a juggling act both in the doing and the thinking. There are so many decisions to be made. I can never just concentrate on curriculum decisions. I have to also think about decisions that affect my students socially, emotionally, and in their physical well-being.
So, in summary, I taught math this week. It was good. I’ll teach it again next week.