1. Which is a more effective, peaceful, and pleasant method of silencing your class and getting them to work?
a. All right you crazy kiddies (smiling), did you take chatty pills today? Let's get to work. Stop laughing and start working! Math isn't funny (again with the smile) , .....
b. Oh my GOD! Be QUIET!!!!! (deep breath with wide disbelieving eyes)
Hmmmm, even though I always theoretically know the answer, I still (today) in some periods (7th) revert to "b" when I'm not "consciously" teaching, and I'm just reacting.
On a happy note, tomorrow's another chance for a fresh start.