One of the big takeaways from Twitter Math Camp was Glenn Waddell's call for more High Fives. I've always been a high energy teacher, but not overly enthusiastic about a right answer; kids need to earn it. However, I tried Glenn's approach today, giving a high five for clearing the smallest hurdle. The result? Kids love high fives. This was my "yeah duh" moment of the day, even as juniors and seniors were reaching up top, waiting for the imminent approval of a stranger from the district office who gave out high fives like Oprah gives out Vitamix blenders.
One of the few things I have to cling onto from my teaching days are the relationships with my students. As I was helping the third teacher on my schedule for the day, a former student walked in as a TA. It was so nice to catch up and see that she is doing so well. At the end of the period, happily conversing and reflecting with the teacher, I proclaimed that "this is why I love teaching."
Her reply from a few feet away: "Then why'd you leave us?"
For that, I have no answer.
Happy "Heart Always Being In It For The Kids" Fishing