Today was crap. I had two goals with my Year 9 English class; that they would learn critical evaluation skills and that they would enjoy the lesson. I failed (absolutely) at both. I was so preoccupied with my agenda - following MY lesson plan - that I neglected their energy and circumstances and group dynamic. And so...the lesson was a failure. The students were unruly, understandably disengaged and I was extremely frustrated.
Note to self; read the signs and remember the students are more important than the lesson plan.