This has been the best 2 days of my life....I'm back in a classroom with students and I can remember (it's in my bones and in my heart) why I love to teach. Thank goodness I've been rescued from the district office. Not that I didn't learn quite a bit when I was there...but some of us (that's me) aren't cut out to be administrative. We're made to work with kids and other teachers (that's me).
I started off my math class by reading a book aloud. I'll have to admit that this confused them quite a bit. I'm doing a read aloud in math class. Not to worry it was Math Curse. So as we read along and solved the problems, I kept asking them if they were getting worried that they might be beginning to suffer with a math curse of their own. Now the book's text took on a whole new meaning for some of my wide-eyed 6th graders. I gave homework on the 1st night of school....an you believe it?
They had to write their own account of how their life is changed now that I've cursed them with seeing math problems everywhere they look. On Friday, they brought in their stories...all them wonderful. Some of my students went crazy and illustrated them and some typed up 4-5 pages of a story. (I was thinking more like a couple of paragraphs.) We read them aloud, solved their problems and to everyone's amazement, the curse wasn't broken. They're still cursed.
I'm in the process of scanning some of these to showcase on their class blog page. But they're hysterical, wonderful and a delightful peek into the life of a 6th grader.