Remember back in January? With winter break’s optimism still wrapped around us like a big blanket, we made all those resolutions? Some of us pledged to work out regularly, read more, eat less junk food. I pledged to carve out some precious Joy Factor time in my class’s busy curriculum. It’s about time for a check-in.
Shortly after students came back from taking the January Regents exams at the end of January, I taught a lesson to my students on GRIT (it was very apropos, as we had just started Romeo and Juliet and they were ready to throw it against the wall). They had never heard the word before, and when one student took it upon himself to look it up he told me it was a punch of small rocks. So I decided to give a short mini lesson on it, and it has done wonders for my classroom culture.