Back to this bird feeder though.
I thought I'd spice up my back yard by adding this thing. I got the twine, hung it from the tree, and filled it with all kinds of nuts, seeds, and berries that I believed in my heart that the birds would love. In my mind's eye I saw birds of all colors fluttering around enjoying all of the delicious bird food i lovingly poured into this feeder. In my real eye? Squirrels. Lots of them.
The question is, What should I do? Should I be excited that a completely unexpected animal is enjoying the hard work I put in or should I change the food, buy a new feeder, and do everything I can to attract the animal I want? Maybe I should just give it a few more days to see if the birds just haven't caught on yet?
This is a daily dilemma I face in my classroom. How do I get 100% engagement? Sometimes I get it but don't know why and can't replicate it. Some days it's just luck. When I change the activity I've been doing the past few years to try and pull in a few more kids that don't usually participate, sometimes I just get one of them or make a few kids that drift in and out really excited and bore my kids that engage most of the time.
Anytime that any student is excited about learning, that's a victory. The challenge is having as many of those victories a day as you can. I want to win 25 times in my class of 25. A 20-5 record may get me to the playoffs, but I'll always be stuck thinking about those 5 losses instead of the 20 wins. That's a problem in and of itself, but that's a blog for another time.
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