First year teacher - just finished first week of school I'm teaching Algebra 2 Honors and Geometry. My algebra class is fun. During notes the kids are engaged and asking insightful questions. I "lecture" with guided notes. I explain something, then have them do a problem. When most people look like they are done I'll have someone tell the answer and we will do 'stomp if you agree, snap if you don't'. I'm excited in this class and I know it shows. I look forward to this class all day. My geometry classes are so boring. I don't know if it's the fact that I teach three geometry classes and only one algebra class, but this class bores me to tears. Also, I don't really like geometry. In this class I also use guided notes and sort of lecture the whole time. I ask kids questions (like "Using what you know, what do you think a good definition for angle would be?") to try to get them involved, but they just sit like a bump on a log. I have tried using manipulates (m&ms, pretzels, and notecards) for points, lines, and planes. We used them to construct the definitions of things we were discussing. It doesn't help that most of the beginning of geometry is just learning terms and rules. I have lesson plans done and that's not the problem. We have to use guided notes and all follow the same lesson plans. However, I'm free to present the lesson however I want. Is this just the difference between regular and honors classes? How can I liven things up? My mentor is a HUGE proponent of think-pair-share, but I hate that. I hated it as a student and I don't like it as a teacher. I'm just having a hard time finding that sparkle that I need to make it interesting. Also, I know if I'm bored, the kids are totally bored. Note: It may seem like I'm prematurely concerned. However, this is a smaller school and the classes are small. These kids all know each other, and they're very comfortable. My class sizes are 12, 18, 12, and 16.