I have a 7th grade student who is new to our school. One of the things I did the first week of school was to make a "Twitter board" and the students had to make math tweets on index cards that I hung on the board. I told them the tweets should be about math, but could also be about the new school year and that they should include the hashtag #math. My new student's tweet was "New school new opportunity to do better" that really stuck out to me. He started off showing "signs" of being a trouble kid, but did well on his pre-assessment. I pulled him aside one day and asked him if he liked math and what he wanted to do when he got older. I told him that he could really do well in my class and could have a lot of opportunities in his future. I've noticed that since this conversation, this student is one of my top kids! He has passed all of his assessments and is just a model student in class. My goal is to try and have more of these conversations with students!
The other good thing that happened lately is my Donors Choose project got funded! I asked for 4 refillable tape dispensers and 50 rolls of tape for my ISN's and I got it! What a neat process! I got a 50% match right off the bat from Quill and then a match code from Donors Choose so it was easy to get funded. I need to think of some more projects!
Those were the two major things that popped out at me. There are a some good little things going on, and if I can get some more time, I would like to try to get on here to blog more regularly!