Thursday, September 19, 2013

Day 18: The Slow Grind

The geometry kids are fun and great, but their maturity is not quite where I need it to be yet.  I need to work more with about bringing them back to attention when I need it.  They get excited about all sorts of topics and ask deep and insightful questions, but have trouble letting go of something when it's time to get back on task.  It's not a huge problem, but it is something that needs to be improved.

We continued talking about angles and I would like to get more of them up to the board to put up problems.  With 31 kids in my small room though, it's hard enough for me to get around, let alone kids running back and forth to their desks.  I'll try to figure something out.

I had the students fill out some feedback form about the Mathalicious Project that we did last week.  I am hoping to fine-tune it so I asked them what they liked, what they didn't and what I could do differently to make it better.  The majority of the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  The students really liked the freedom to express themselves in a creative manner while still producing something specific.  Several students wanted more specific instructions on what was expected and many said that I should have done a better job of explaining.

Did you come to ask me any clarifying questions?  No?  Alright.

Regardless, I will try to explain things a little more next time.  Or at least explain why I won't explain them.

The hand-holding in pre-algebra continues.  While I don't mind it, it is getting boring.  I need to find something else to do tomorrow.  An activity of some sort that deals with solving equations in one step...

I signed up for information about a "Blended learning academy" that my district is trying.  Apparently, that meant I was signing up to do it.  From what I can tell from the e-mail, it will be mostly Edmodo.  Great.  In a district with unreliable, outdated tech and a population who may or may not have internet access and home computers.  While I think it's a great idea, I question the viability.  In addition to this, I don't want to skip my geometry class to attend a "How to set-up Edmodo" seminar.  I love those kids.

I'm tired and I have a faculty meeting.  I want to go home.

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