Teacher’s Log: On the First Day of School, Make Them Show You What the Class is About

My first day of teaching today. I’m teaching 3 freshman algebra classes and a geometry class. The algebra classes are doing a project this trimester all about public art. I gave each group hundreds of paper clips and asked them to create a sculpture that represents some aspect or place in the city. They struggled all period trying to find techniques for working with paperclips and with an idea that was feasible. I walked around and helped without really being too helpful. I told them to make multimedia sculptures and to bring in other materials tomorrow to finish. That they will need to write descriptions and present. One of the students commented,  “This is like kindergarten!” That made my day. Continue reading