My name is Andrea, and this is my first Slice of Life Challenge. I am a 5th grade teacher in Austin, TX, and while I love to teach writing, I am not that much of a writer in my personal time. I am trying to get in the habit of writing on a regular basis, so hopefully these 31 days will inspire me to want to write more.
So, it’s a busy week at school. We have report cards due, parent-teacher conferences, Spirit Week, and the end of a unit. I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off all week, and it’s only Wednesday. My slice today is a little ray of sunshine in this hailstorm of a week.
I have a self-paced math class, which I normally love because everyone can do his/her own thing, and I can work one-on-one with students. I love these moments with students because I feel like I can really focus on them and connect with them about math. Lately, however, it has felt more like everyone just needs me all the time for everything; there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of independence. Today, one of my more dependent students was working on multiplying decimals by decimals, a tricky subject for even my most mathematically-suave students. He usually needs a lot of direction from me, but, surprisingly, he was working on his own. I glanced at his paper and noticed that he was getting correct answers, so I stopped to ask him about how he was solving the problems. Without any prompting from me, he correctly explained his thought process. It was simple, and it made sense. I was so proud of him, not only for understanding the procedure but for how independent he was with it. Proud teacher moment.