I’m new to the Google Meet world but am loving it for connecting with my colleagues. Yesterday I even decided to try it with my students… 1 first grader at a time. though Here is how it went with H…
I clicked the “join” button and was whisked into my meeting with H. As soon as she saw my face, hers lit up. Before any words were exchanged, H was off and running (with me in her hand).
She went down the hall. Up the stairs. Around the banister. Into her room. Slammed her door and on to her bed. Phew! That was excitement if I ever saw some.
H’s parents had given me a heads up that H had been getting frustrated doing math with them at home. They asked me to talk to her about it. “So, H, how has math been going at home? Have you been doing the worksheets? Going on IXL?”
“I’ve been so frustrated with the worksheets! My parents just don’t know how to help me,” she exclaimed.
Before I could offer advice we were moving again. From one side of the room to the other. Bouncing on the bed. Up and Down, Up and Down!
“I’m doing a flop and pop! It’s so fun and cool.” H said out of breath flopping down on her pillow.
“Well le…” Every time I tried to get a word in the jumping and running would start up again.
Finally, H stopped. “Phew! I’m so sweaty!”
Yes, and I’m super dizzy from all this jumping and running I could puke, I thought. But in actuality I said “I bet! Now let’s talk more about this math. What can we do when we get frustrated with a problem?”