Student 2: Um, I mean where's the front of this classroom? There's boards everywhere.
That was the best compliment I've gotten this year! Exactly what I want my students to think: there is NO front of the room. This is their LEARNING environment. I think it's actually working. I'm now called "the spotter" because while they "work out", I spot them. I had a student call me over today to "spot him" because he was stuck and needed help. I love when my analogies actually stick! I heard a student say (when his group called me over to assist) that they were trying "something" and it didn't seem to be working, could I help? Wait, is that music I hear? Well, at least music to my ears. Kids working and asking for help only when they got stuck (and had a lot of work already shown). It was JUST SO AWESOME today!! It felt like that scene in Good Will Hunting when Matt Damon is working on the board in the hallway and the professor comes along and looks at it (only to find it is correct)!
Let me tell you what we were actually doing: finding the slope of a tangent line using the definition. The problems were HARD and the kids were just eating it up. I had to pinch myself! They even were enjoying the challenge because I had warned them that we would be "bench pressing 300 lbs today". To see them all get up and work together on THEIR board (reminder: no front of the room) was another BEST DAY EVER!