Yes, even after last year, it’s still hard introducing myself as Ms. Peck. At least if I start saying Megan, I can morph that into Ms. if I think fast enough.
I’m at Central Middle School in Lawrence this year, in a 6th grade life science class. 6th graders are definitely a change from the 8th graders I was with last year, partly because they’re still getting used to being in a Middle School. They’re a lot quieter than I expected. It might be a little more challenging to draw responses out of them. But I am optimistic about working with them this semester.
Last week they set up their science journals and did a “science” experiment that encouraged using your senses to observe the world. There was an object inside a sock, and they had to guess what it is based on how it felt, sounded, etc. I definitely feel the quotes around “science” are necessary, because while it is important to encourage more thorough observation, it maybe paints a inaccurate picture of what science is. Still, it was a good week to get to see what the students are like, and I’m looking forward to getting ready to start their science fair projects soon.
I will present my lesson on Monday. I’m finally happy with my lesson plan, but need to do some work on making sure the time-constraints will work, and that I have a good game plan for drawing out responses and involvement if they’re a little timid. Looking forward to it!