After spending two weeks dreading my return to Tulsa and the classroom, I have made it through my first week. Not only have I survived the week, it went surprisingly well. For once, I am feeling positively about the culture of my classroom and the possibility of success this semester. I hate to admit it, but I finally implemented some of the systems that TFA has been urging me to implement since day 1 of Institute. After 6 months of being ornery, I have finally put into place a classroom point system and have displayed my class mastery. Who would have thought that the only thing I needed to do to get my students out of the hallway into my class on time was to offer them a class point. Who would have thought that all I needed to get my 3rd hour class to put away their cell phones was the displaying of their 59% mastery compared to the 81% of my 2nd hour class. I suppose that after all my griping about seemingly useless and time consuming systems, I should have at least given them a chance. Lesson learned TFA:1 Me:0 My Students:1.
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