Thursday, September 30, 2010
Knee Jerk Reaction
It shouldn't matter, but I can't help the way it makes me feel. It is that involuntary reaction, kind of like when your knee jumps when the doctor hits it with his little hammer.
I was going over homework, turned and saw Principal and AP standing outside my door, ready to make an entrance. I told my class, an enthusiastic calculus group, to be good, as we were getting company. They responded immediately.
In past years, that alone would have relaxed me. Supervisors looked for kids who were quiet and working but now a days that is not enough. I know the kids are supposed to do most of the talking and I am supposed to ask the questions that will elicit their answers rather than giving them myself. Normally, I do teach this way but not always and not at that time.
As I said, I was in the middle of going over homework when they entered. The assignment was on an overhead, done by a student, but I was doing the explaining. Many of my students do not speak English well and some barely speak it at all. It is more efficient time wise to do all the talking. (We went to single period this term and I am worried about time.) I could have switched gears when I saw them about to enter, but I am what I am and putting on a show is not something I am comfortable with so I kept doing what I do, teach the way I think is best.
Surprisingly, I haven't heard a negative word. Mr. AP, who usually never misses a chance to have a go at me didn't say anything when I saw him later on in the day. Maybe there is something to say about all these mini visits. It gives the admins a chance to see what we are all about all the time and it does take the pressure off when a bad lesson has been taught.