Really enjoyed reading Michael Pershan’s post on a lack of confidence. This in particular:
Anyway, I’ve got a lot more colleagues and administrators in this new school, and they wanted to know how my first few weeks of classes were going. I told them the truth. I mentioned how it felt like a lot of these kids felt unhappy, and when I just came out of a bum lesson I told people that it was a bum lesson.
The result: a lot of administrators visited my classroom.
I definitely feel the struggle this year–way too many lessons I come out of saying hey, I didn’t make my kids’ time or effort worthwhile for the last 54 minutes.
My question is– I can come out of a lesson that sucked and ask my colleagues and administrators and students how I can make it better next time. I do, all the time. What I feel like I don’t have at this point in my career are a set of tools I can use in class to 1) figure out when a bum lesson is a bum lesson early on, and 2) salvage it with challenging, engaging math for the rest of the period without sending the message to my students that our time is unimportant.