Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 25: "YOU Should Wear It!"

I'm starting to create my reassessment quizzes for my students.  I've never been great at either organization or planning ahead, so this is a new experience for me.  My plan is to have a separate page for each skill so kids can take only what they plan to reassess.

I'm discovering that finding, or writing questions for specific skills can be a bit tricky.  I'm having difficulty with the wording and struggling with how to determine proficiency in several cases.

I don't want to be checking calculation, but rather conceptual understanding, which is tricky.

I'm also not sure what to be doing with my Integrated Math class.  They've been working on statistics and surveys over the last few weeks, but now that chapter is at an end.  Our culminating activity was that students designed, distributed and analyzed their own surveys.  There was an interesting variety of topics and presentations.

One group surveyed the students and asked their opinions and experiences on the school dress code.

The juxtaposition between the last two graphs was, by far, the most interesting to me and not at all surprising.

"Yeah, uniforms are a GREAT idea...for someone else!"

Other topics included video game preference, animal preference and correlation between favorite music and favorite medium of art.

The population of this class is an interesting mix of kids who have not traditionally done well in math and those who have, but didn't want to take Calculus this year...

The next chapter in the book is about properties of real numbers.  The same topic that I'm covering with my 7th graders.  It's WAY too basic a topic for this class, but without a curriculum, I'm not sure what to do.

There's incredible freedom knowing that I can do whatever I want, but it's also pretty terrifying.  I could run it like a genius hour class, but I'm not sure how.  I could use it as a math refresher course, picking interesting topics from the book, but I'm not sure how that would work either.  I'm going to have them do programming for the next week or two until I figure out a more encompassing theme.

I need to figure it out.

1 comment:

  1. We ran a pretty interesting curriculum a few years back with our seniors that ran the gamet from "Math in the Arts" to "Math in the World of Finance" to the "Mathematics of Construction" and so on. We covered everything from loan appreciation to golden ratios to blueprint design and so on. It was a lot of fun and kept our seniors engaged.


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