Last night was open house at our school. I like these things, though there's little time to do it like I want. I like seeing my kids more relaxed, showing mom and dad around, showing off their work. The parents are relaxed and chatty. I enjoy getting to know my kids better and being able to really connect with their families.
During yesterday's math lesson I got one of those moments that makes everything I do worth it. I was teaching the Order of Operations and going over and over how I wanted them to rewrite the expression each time they solved an operation. Little "smiley" sits up front and just about every time they held up their white boards with their answers hid answer would be incorrect. But we kept going, over and over. Suddenly smiley said "Mrs. H, I get it! It's just like solving a puzzle!" Every answer after that was correct, today he rocked the review. He told me math is now his favorite subject. I'm inspired now to do better at teaching math, I have to keep smiley engaged, make him keep loving math.