I love reading the One Good Thing blog. It always encourages me to find the positive in my day, regardless of what kind of a day/week I’m having.
Yesterday was one of those days that was full of One Good Things.
I started with the following Which One Doesn’t Belong in my first 6th grade class. The conversation was SO good, and I loved hearing all the vocabulary my students remembered. The conversation went equally well in my other two sections.
Then we used this Desmos activity. It was the first time this group of students used Desmos. It was love at first Class Code. The groans when I paused the activity were music to my ears -I even gave them a 5 second warning.
In my 8th grade classes I used Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces (#VNPS) for the first time this year. Whenever I do this, I ask myself why I don’t do this more often. I’m always amazed at how much more engaged students are and how much more they participate when we do this compared to seat work.
After grouping students randomly for this, I saw that two students who I struggle to get to do anything on a lot of days ended up partners. I had my doubts about how their group would function, but the 20 minutes those students worked together was by far the best either of them had worked all year!
When it came time for my 5th hour class, I logged in to Desmos to find that none of my custom activities or history showed up in my account. What could have been a disaster (my 30+ minute lesson plan with 6th graders, gone), ended up going just fine.
For whatever reason, my students were crazy patient and quiet while I tried to log in to Desmos and figure out what was going in. Then I finally realized what happened. My school email changed over the summer, and I had been trying to change my Desmos account to my new address. I had contacted Desmos earlier in the week to help with this and saw in an email that they were able to make the change for me just before 5th hour. The change didn’t quite go as expected, and I needed to change my password and wasn’t able to do this.
We had just set up something else on my students’ Chromebooks, so I had them work in that while I emailed Desmos to try to figure out the issue. I spent the next 10 minutes or so emailing Denis from Desmos -we may as well have been live chatting for as quick as Denis was to respond to my emails. (Have I mentioned that Desmos is awesome! After my initial split second of panic when everything in my account was gone, there was never a doubt in my mind that Desmos would be able to fix the issue.)
The hour ended, and I still wasn’t able to get my stuff back in my account. However, I tried the same thing I had been trying during class one more time, and it worked! I was ready to go for 6th and 7th hours.
After school I was able to go and support a colleague whose family is going through a difficult time. While the situation isn’t a good thing, I was glad I could be there for her during this difficult time.