My name is Tim Dorn and I am a GK-12 Fellow at KU. Part of my job is to be the mathematics “guru” at Eisenhower Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas. I have been partnered with Ms. Sharma a mathematics teacher teaching 3 sections of eighth graders and 2 sections of sixth graders. Each section is 50 minutes long, which really only translates to about 35-40 minutes since discipline, office, and tardiness issues are a common disturbance.
Now, I’m not new to the middle school scene, but it has been a while. Some things, like the smell of cafeteria food bring back fond memories, but others such as a passing through metal detectors upon entering are kind of intimidating. There is also a dress code and the children have only 4 minutes to move from one classroom to the next between bells. That’s barely enough time to use the bathroom!
On my first day I introduced myself to the class and observed. All in all I found the students respectful and courteous; no doubt due in part to Ms. Sharma. I am looking forward to returning each Monday (except on snow days!).