I listened to a BooksBetween podcast today that started with the host talking about “3 fails and 1 win”, and I though it would be a fun format to try for today’s slice.
Fail #1: Apparently the IT teacher and I had our lines of communication crossed because I brought my students down for MAPs testing 45 minutes after I was supposed to. Nothing worse than having to reschedule an entire class’s testing session on the computers. I am definitely not one of his favorite teachers any more.
Fail #2: We are learning about the Civil War, and I found a great mapping activity from History Gal. I wanted to add a research component to it, so I gave my students the blank Civil War-era map, and told them to find a map on the internet and start labeling. It fell apart almost immediately. The students were very confused that the two maps didn’t match up, so they were trying to carve out present-day states from the 1860s map…states that didn’t exist during the Civil War. It turned into such a mess that I printed out new copies of the map, and we started over, with more step-by-step instructions.
Fail #3: One day last week, the high was supposed to be in the 60s, so I dressed for a warmish day. What I didn’t realize is that the high that day was hit at about 8 AM, and the rest of the day got progressively colder. My spring clothing was clearly out of place by the time lunch recess rolled around and we were experiencing winter temperatures. My light jacket did not protect me much during recess duty, and I shivered through the entire 30 minutes.
Win #1: I have a student that I find hard to connect with. On Friday, this student was very excited about a hunting trip that he was going on with his dad over the weekend. On Monday, I actually remembered to ask him about it, and we had a good conversation about everything he did; he was engaged in the discussion and seemed to enjoy telling me about it. For a few minutes, we were connected. A definite win with that student.
Here’s to celebrating life’s failures…and little successes too.