I must have really looked as frazzled as I felt today (full moon coming?), because by my last period, at the start of class while we were reviewing for tomorrow's quiz, as I was talking and trying to get a point across to my chatty bunch of spaz cookies ..... one of my students said,"Ms. ___. ... smile."
That was a nice little wake up call as to how I was coming across. So for the rest of the class, I put on my happy (and not too fake) smile and kidded around with them and helped them through the review.
Another reminder I needed ..... it's so easy to get caught up in my routine of preparing for class and grading and passing back homework and thinking about what comes next and getting too easily convinced that everyone knows how to do the math we're doing when a few pipe up with the answers, that .... I was totally floored the other day when one of my students couldn't do a "simple" thing we had learned months ago. This was apparent when I was walking around checking on homework.
I knew she wasn't the "quickest" in class, but I didn't know she had THAT much difficulty. Now that I see it in writing here, it seems obvious, but what I guess I'm trying to say is that I was ASSUMING (and you know what that means) that if she was having that much difficulty, she would come in for help (hasn't).
So I've been making a concerted effort to make more comments on her homework (and ditto for another few students that I've now noticed are "faking it"), and I now see her (and them) paying more attention in class. Hope it lasts in their case and in mine.