Friday, December 9, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
But one great thing happened this week: A young man, who misses a lot of school, who is troubled in so many ways, but is more intelligent then he gives himself credit (or other people give him, for that matter too!), walked into class on Thursday with a 52%. He walked out with a 71%. Turning in missing work does wonders!!!!!!! He beamed when I told him his updated grade. Hopefully, he keeps up the work through the rest of the semester.
I also received this dedication:
For the record: I always want to help him, and he does come in to ask, although this student spends more time in the hallway then he does him class. And not that he is a behavior issue because he is mean and defiant, he just has some focus issues.
I can't decide if this is suppose to be funny, sweet, or if its making fun of me?!?!?!?!?!
Oh and this was on his English project...nothing to do with actual math class.
Last week, this same student move their desk into my "space" (aka right up next to my desk) because he missed me. This was during a quiz, so I tried to not make a big deal of it. I wish I had had someone else take a picture because the situation can not be described in words.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Since day one of teaching I liked the idea of a warm-up or bellringer. Originally I had student do it on a half a sheet of paper and turn them in. The result: these sheets of paper would just pile up on my desk (or at this time I didn’t really have a desk so they would pile on my in roll-a-desk), and I wouldn’t get around to grading them for weeks because I had to lesson plan or grade quizzes and homework. Then I had student do them in there notebooks at the beginning of each day, but then I didn’t check notebooks like I originally intended because I was always planning or grading quizzes and homework.
New solution: I created a warm-up sheet where each day students date the box and complete the warm-up in this box. Then at the end of the chapter I collect them. I decided this was AWESOME and I was so clever…until I collected them the first time...
A lot of students did not put any effort or pride into completing these. Students didn’t even number them when there was more than once problem to do. Problems were out of order in the boxes, and one student even had 3 different sheets even though there were only 5 days of warm-ups!
When I handed this set back, I explained that next time the warm-ups needed to be in chronological order, as well as be numbered if there is more than 1 problem. If you are absent a day, it is your responsibility to get the warm up. Once a week I am uploading a document with the warm-ups on the class website where the student can go to get the problems. I think some of them think I am kidding. But I think I have covered my butt by having it in multiple places that things need to be turned in to me in order and if they aren’t they will not be graded. Hopefully, there won’t be any arguments, but I keep you posted.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I don't really just want to hand the kids a bunch of released items, but I am not really feeling very creative. CSAP is in two weeks, and I have to do something!