Students were jumping out of their seats to answer questions

James came to work with our 7th-grade math students and left quite the impression!  I asked him to come in during our geometry unit in order to review recently learned vocabulary through origami.  James taught five different classes (ranging from 18-30 students each) how to make two origami pieces, and discussed the vocabulary relevant to each one.  The students were immediately intrigued by him and the artwork that he brought to display.  It was clear that they were engaged and excited during the lesson, some to the point that they were jumping out of their seats to answer the questions that James asked of them.  Additionally, students who often refuse to complete their work, or struggle to stay on task, worked diligently the entire time.  As an intervention specialist, one of the most exciting things for me to see was how the activity leveled the playing field for all of the students—it was impossible to tell which students normally struggle with learning the content (3 out of 5 classes included special education students).  James also took time to work with students in between classes;  they shared and discussed their art, and it was very evident that the students felt comfortable with him.  We are hoping to have James back in our classrooms again, although the students can hardly wait until then!  Oh, and they totally know all of their triangles now!

Antonia RomanoIntervention Specialist