Today, my classroom was exceptional.
I spoke for a grand total of 3 mintues in each class. I had no new assignments. I gave no new lessons. I made no copies. I did nothing.
Instead, my kids did the work.
They sat down, held individual conferences about grades, and got to work on their final exams & projects. They found markers and chart paper and competed about who had created the nicest posters (“c’mon, man, you can at least put a border around that sheet of paper”). They asked questions, they answered questions, and they showcased what they had learned.
I nearly teared up.
At the end of the day, the measure of success as a teacher isn’t the show that we put on each day — the quirky hooks, the engaging lessons, or the performances that lessons can become. The end goal of teaching is to empower my students to do what they did today — to sit down, work hard, and solve their own problems.