SOL Day 2
DISCLAIMER: Yesterday marked the beginning of another challenge called the “Slice of Life” challenge. It involves posting a tidbit of your life for the month of March and commenting on other blogger’s stories as well. My posts will pretty much remain the same but might have more reflecting in them.
Last year, I started going to physical therapy for my neck and shoulders because I have bad posture and feel the need to crack my neck; it eases the strain most of the time. My doctor gave me stretches to do every day or when I am in pain, and I have been keeping up with them. Today, I woke up with my neck in a knot on one side. I tried stretching it out, massaging it, adding heat, leaning to one side – if you can name it, I did it! Throughout the day of me resting on the couch, I started thinking about how this might affect my day tomorrow. In my graduate program, we are required to teach three consecutive lessons, assess, and re-teach based on the scores. I have already taught the three lessons, but now must do the re-teach and re-assess tomorrow.The fact that I will probably still be in pain from my neck by the morning connected with the need of being aware about what children bring into the classroom with them from home. I will be bringing in physical pain, but will try to keep a strong face and many of my students could be doing the same with their pain (physical or emotional). It is important not to assume that a student is unmotivated because they are slacking off – there is probably an explanation from outside of school. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is necessary to keep in mind at all times with teaching and when student’s behaviors.
(to the tune of Rain, Rain, go away)
Pain, pain, go away
You are affecting the wrong day
I need to teach this math lesson
Please let me make a difference!