I've created a new daily blog specifically dedicated to classroom organization and management. Please visit me there at: The Clutter-Free Classroom
Did you hear that?
OK...Did you hear it?
I didn't think so. That was me trying to talk.
Except I have no voice.
None. Nada. Zilch.
A slight whisper comes out. But nothing more.
I'm about to start day 3 in the classroom sans vocals. It's actually kind of nice. There is a calm in the room. The kids are working together to make our days successful and it's been doable. I figure: I feel fine with the exception of not being able to speak and they will get more out of my lessons on mute than they would from having a sub so in I go.
Yesterday I had some students lead lessons. It was A-MAZ-ING. They directed whole group and small group pairings. They worked with partners. I circulated, listened in and beamed with pride at how the room was running itself. Cooperative learning at its finest.
My goal s always to manage my classroom so that ultimately I can step away and have it be self-sufficient. However, I've never really been forced to let it happen before.
Perhaps I could spend a week in the Caribbean and nobody would notice. :)
What kind of happy surprise have you had in the classroom?