Spring term is wearing on, in more ways than one.
At the beginning of the school year in Fall, both students and teachers have a lot of ideas and a lot of energy. A little bit of time takes the shine off of those lofty ideas, and after months and months of schoolwork (of varying quality) and low sleep a summer vacation seems like a wonderful plan.
Summer break is still weeks away for us though. Students are getting tired, and so am I. There are some issues that come up in every class. For example, no matter how well thought out my lessons or exercises, some students seem to want to learn by osmosis rather than practice. It is also an ongoing frustration when I have to remind some of my students that they are in college, and I expect adult levels of work (and communication).
Change isn’t easy so I have some helpful, if non-conventional ways of helping my students to learn.
- I would like to have obituary announcements for my recently deceased red pens. “Sadly, it was killed mid-test by a gang of rogue students bent on free expression in mathematics.”
- Some students have trouble doing the reading. I think having a set of stocks with a reading shelf could be a nice addition to the classroom.
- Many students will turn in their homework on pages torn from spiral notebooks, with ragged messy edges. I think lighting the edges on fire to remove the mess would be appropriate. Although this brings up an etiquette question: do scorch marks on homework send the right message to the student?
- I think a small black hole would be nice for class, especially for students who don’t show their work. Spaghettification is educational, isn’t it?
I will not kill my students and wear their skin. I will not kill my students and wear their skin. I will not kill my students and wear their skin…