This week, we continued with our fast food theme and I used the same hamburgers, fries, and pop pictures to create a combining like terms activity.
I really think the best feeling ever is teaching a lesson where students have always struggled when I have taught it in the past, and then a new idea suddenly makes it make sense to them. I heard one of my kids say quietly, “This is awesome.” WOW. That’s a good feeling.
We also have used whiteboards a lot this week, and they have been amazing. There is something magic about kids being able to write on whiteboards that seems to motivate even the most stubborn students. I can also monitor so much better when I sit in the front of the room and I can easily see everyone’s work and answers and make any corrections that I need to. I am also easily able to differentiate this way, because I can see which kids are moving fast and doing well and then assign them harder problems while I work with students who are struggling. Yay!