Relief off my shoulder..
So I had my observation yesterday. It went awesome! It was the best class I have ever had. I played a battleship game with the kids. I had two ropes. One down the center and one across the center. So we would have an origin. I placed hit signs under the desk prior to the class. Students were to guess where the hit was by saying the point and not the person's name. There were teams according to quadrants. So Q1vsQ2vsQ3vsQ4. Most of them were totally into it. One student said that they "loved this kind of math". I don't know if I got all the students engaged but I got the majority of them.
So the lesson went like this, I gave them notes about the cartesian plane. They wrote it down. Than I told them to clear their desks off. (They totally thought they were writing a quiz). While they were taking notes, one of the girls apparently looked back to see my supervisor watching me. (I did not see any of this as my back was turned away). So girl 1 asked girl 2, "Who is that?". Girl 2 said "I think that is her evaluator". Girl 2, says "We shouldn't be talking". That was amazing. I was overly ecstatic when I heard this. My students actually like me enough that they wanted me to do good. Wow.. I still can't get over that. When my supervisor talks about interns whose students comment about them, I think that will never happen to me. But it did, it actually happen.
Anyways, back to the game. They were mostly into it. I was amazed that they were helping each other out find the coordinates. They were playing as a team. Some who didn't get it and those who did get it, helped each other out. One student was getting frustrated that the other students kept picking points outside of the grid. I found that really funny that he was over the edge crazy if someone picked one more point outside of the grid. Another thing that I found funny was when one girl checked to see if there was a hit under an empty desk, she put her hand under and had a "disgusting look" on her face.. It was really funny.
Than I planned to give them an assignment depending on time. Once I gave them the assignment, every single one of them got right down to work. I think it was because I drained the energy from them after the activity. It was awesome. I do have second thoughts as to, if the students were being so well behaved because I was being evaluated. But I don't know, maybe they were just into the activity. But it's over, I'm done for my first observation.