…is currently a mess.
But that’s okay! Because we made solar ovens this week to wrap up our electricity unit. So there are little scraps of foil and aluminum foil and tape scattered on the floor and under desks and strange foil-covered pizza boxes are covering all available desks and flat spaces.
It is so wonderful to see students excited and to hear them talking about what they are supposed to be talking about. I bought a little driveway lantern from Home Depot that is solar powered and light censored so it only turns on at night. They seriously thought it was the coolest thing and they were eager to find out how it worked and explain it to their peers.
I overheard one student telling another student, “Ms K is so creative.” I pretended I didn’t hear, because kids don’t want you to know they are complimenting you, but it made me happy all the same. This is how a classroom should always feel. Energetic and creative and engaging and absorbing new information without even realizing it.
The state of my classroom beyond the cleanliness is also doing pretty well, I think. There are things like our goals and accountability partners that I haven’t kept up with. And our test-score tracker on the back wall has not been updated since last semester, unfortunately. But, spirits seem pretty high. Few classes have many behavior problems these days and usually I can get through notes without having to stop 10 times. Students ask me questions and listen genuinely to the answers. I am excited about all the changes I will make to make my classroom better next year, but with the year coming to a close in just six weeks, I feel pretty good. Moderately successful. And man, oh man, watching my students making their solar ovens today reminded me just how much I love my students.
Students wanted to take their ovens home, but I told them we need them for next week! Because that’s when we are cooking. : )