The hardest adjustment has been for my students. They said good bye to me before Spring Break as Ms. Hagan, and now I'm Mrs. Carter. It isn't the end of the world if a student calls me Ms. Hagan. After all, that has been my name for 26 years of my life. However, I would like to encourage my students to call me by my new married name. I guess it's just part of the excitement of being married. :D
Therefore, I devised a little contest between my classes. I didn't announce the contest. I didn't explain the rules. I don't answer any questions when students ask.
It started by writing 2nd period through 7th period on the dry erase board. And, each time a student says "Ms. Hagan" instead of "Mrs. Carter," a tally mark goes on the board. Sometimes I write them right away. Other times, I keep a mental tally in my head and write them down when I get a chance.
Here's the start of Day 1 as Mrs. Carter:
End of Day 1:
At the start of each day, the tallies get changed to numerals so new tallies can be added on.
End of Day 2:
As the days go on, the number of tallies added are decreasing. So, I guess that's a good sign. :)
The funny thing is that the students think I get mad every time I make a tally. Really, it's just amusing to me. And, I'm realizing that my students say my name more times a day than I ever realized!
3rd, 6th, and 7th periods are freshmen (Algebra 1). They are obviously struggling the most. Or, I guess you could say they think the goal of the game might be to get the most points. ;) My 2nd and 5th periods are Algebra 2 (sophomores, juniors, and seniors). My 4th period is Statistics (juniors and seniors). I expected my upper-level classes to have the most trouble since some students have had me all four years of high school. But, they seem to be doing the best at remembering.
Hagan has become known as the "H-Word" that students are continually warning other students not to say.
There's talk that there might be a prize for the class with the lowest score, but that has yet to be determined. ;)