Mrs. H does a lot of hands-on projects with her students, some of which will be featured below. She says, "Anytime I do a project, I always give a list of projects to choose from. All of the choices are divided by the type of learner. My hands-on students get to build scale models, my writers get to write prequels/sequels, my musicians get to record their own parodies, my actors get to film their own scenes, etc. The kids love that they can play to their strengths, and I've gotten some truly amazing projects out of it." I'm excited to share some of her incredible work with you here!
Mrs. H's Classroom
Mrs. H's Project Showcase
One rather difficult year I had a class of tough seniors. So tough that one of my senior boys threw an f-bomb at me and stormed out of the room on the first day of school. I didn't give up on him. One day he was talking about his future career. He said he wanted to be a mechanic, but he thought there was no way he could handle the responsibility. He said he was planning on going into mining. He figured if he died in a mining accident nobody would care; I told him I would care and encouraged him to not give up on being a mechanic. On the seniors' last days, this boy shook my hand and thanked me for not giving up on him. He said he'd never had a teacher who actually cared about him. I try to remember that senior boy every time I get a tough student.
What advice would you give to pre-service and first year teachers?
Find a homework system that works for you! You don't want to completely drown yourself in homework every night. Just remember that not everything a student does has to be graded.
How would your students describe you?
Nerdy, a mentor, crazy-when-caffeinated.
Have any good teacher tips for working smarter, not harder?
Have designated folders or bins for students to turn their work into. Make it their responsibility to turn it in when they come into class. It saves you from having to walk around the room to collect things/argue with students who don't have it.