1. as per usual: teach teach teach (the students are currently doing a project, so I just have to walk around every few minute and supervise, answer any questions that come up, etc.)
2. afternoon meeting
3. talent show in the evening! the kiddos all get to present a talent and it’s super adorable. last session we had some great performance… and some super awkward ones… and a few pubescent-boy-cracking-voice incidents. so charming!
I’m having one of those strange mornings. Yesterday was… rough. I caught students breaking the rules, lying to me, etc. I had to have showdowns with those students. I made one kid cry (justifiably, but still, it made me feel like crap). I kept having to wake students up in my Short Fiction class when they were falling asleep over their writing. Overall, I felt pretty demoralized by the classroom yesterday, like I just couldn’t trust any of my students and couldn’t keep their interest and wasn’t doing a very good job at, well, at my job.
Bur today? The kiddos are on it! Maybe it was my whip cracking yesterday, maybe it’s because I have a different cross-section of campers in my classes today, maybe it’s because it’s the second-to-last day of camp and they’re feeling nostalgic already. Who knows. But somehow, today, the students are engaged, vocal, contributing to a rich and nuanced discussion (about racism and white privilege! they’re learning!) , and are currently spread out through my classroom on the floor, working collaboratively on their projects, sharing and laughing and generally impressing the crap out of me. Whew! They’re being so task-oriented and responsible that I can comfortably sit here and write this, occasionally checking in with them, but I’m not worried about their behavior at all. What a difference a day makes, right?