I don’t collect papers in a traditional fashion. In fact, I don’t do much in a traditional fashion. I like to try new things and see how students respond. I like to try new things to make improvements. I like to try new things just to make education fun. One of those things is racing around the room to grab completed assignments from students. Check out the full description of this in my book Game Changers. With proper time and training, I have perfected the art of the paper collection race and on some days, after a good stretch as to not pull a hammy, I can do this in under 8 seconds. This week the race looked a little different. I had to have a little outpatient surgery on my back and under doctors orders I was told to “not do anything stupid.” Ha. I love when docs just spit the truth out. So with that said, I gave a student the opportunity to run around the room and do this AWESOME work for me. I did give the disclaimer that I make it look much easier than it actually is. This kiddo took it like a champ and got around 30 seconds. He then handed me a very organized(ish) pile of papers. Thanks, buddy! Great work!
Nothing ends a crazy week quite like the 1st school dance of the year. I love school dances for so many reasons. One of the top reasons is because I actually double as the DJ. Teacher by day, DJ by night. Students can’t even handle the epicness of having an educator who also knows something about sick beats and controls the strobe light for 2 hours. One thing I love to do is train kids how to actually be a DJ. Today my advisory got their first lesson in the art of getting all the gear ready. With some basic training on the equipment, I set it all out, gave them 20 minutes, and watched as logic, teamwork, and creativity unfolded. With absolutely no prior knowledge on how how to use sound activated light bars, wireless microphones, and a 5 channel mixer, the students nailed the task! The best part is testing the equipment on the stage to see if they were actually successful. We had a 3 minute dance party as the lights and sounds blasted from the gym stage. It was both heartwarming and so hilarious to watch them celebrate their work as the road crew.