I haven’t been one for writing about small things that happen in my class, but I want a reminder for myself of a nice moment that I observed today.
My class is heavily group-oriented this year (a big part of our new CPM curriculum). I have a student, D, who seems the type so far who wants to either get my goat or play helpless.
Her hand goes up. Me: What do you need? D: I don’t get it. Me: Which part? D: All of it. (I’m sure you know the type.)
Well, today my teams were exploring hinged mirrors at the edge of colored paper, seeing what kind of polygons they could make appear and trying to find numerical patterns relating the figures to the mirror angles that made them. (If you can’t picture this, I apologize. I don’t have those materials with me here at home as I write.)
Long story medium, D was more engaged with her team than usual, and at one point a pattern really clicked for them and she exclaimed, “Dude, we’re awesome at this!” I think that moment is my biggest success of the school year so far. I would enjoy “this is so awesome” quite a bit, but for D to feel like the awesomeness is in her and her teammates is, well…awesome.
Erratum: I had originally recalled the quote as “we are so awesome”, but changed it in the story after checking my class notes. I think it works nicely as the post title, so I kept that.