Back in the Classroom — Week 1
On Monday I stood in a classroom full of students for the first time in 18 months. By Wednesday it felt like I had never been away.
It was a good week: invigorating, hopeful, exhausting. And a bit surreal. Here are a few things that have lingered in my mind.
- After so long away I wondered if I still had what it takes. After two days back I found myself saying “It seems like things are going well, but am I sure they are really getting this?” I’ll take it as a good sign that I’ve already moved on to Assessment in the stages of teaching.
- I really missed talking and arguing about math with students in person. There’s just nothing like turning a group of 9th graders against each other because they can’t agree on whether or not you can bisect a point.
- Former students dropped by all week, to say hi and introduce themselves in person for the first time. It was a new kind of shared joy. I was also frequently surprised at how different they were in real life.
It feels good to so easily record a few simple pleasures after a year-and-a-half of writing about challenges.