Here’s the prompt for the week: The Cultural Competency Initiative was created to facilitate interactions between our student body (mostly white) and other cultures that represent the full scope of Austin (Latino, black, Asian). Are you incorporating our work to move toward a school that truly embraces diversity and fosters empathy in other ways? What … More Post 7 – Working Towards Diversity in a Predominately White Private School
Here’s the prompt for the week: What do you think are some of the contributing factors to students who struggle to complete homework in your class (besides “they’re lazy”). What have you done that has helped/not helped in this regard? I’ve written on my philosophy on homework in the past. This will be a bit … More Post 06 – Why Aren’t You Doing Your Homework?
This week’s reflection prompt: What do you do to center in your personal life? Did the summer reading have any influences or takeaways that have stuck with you? Well, to answer the second question first, I wrote about the summer reading, mostly reflecting on my takeaways on how I’d use it in the classroom. This … More Post 05 – What Does It Mean To Be Centered?
I’m doing a reflection challenge with some of my colleagues where we have a different prompt to reflect on each week. Here’s this weeks: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far this new school year? And what’s the best thing you’ve experienced so far? BIGGEST CHALLENGE I think my biggest challenge this year have … More Post 04 – Biggest Challenges & Best Things
We’re entering week 4 of school. This will be the first full, normal week so far. First day of week 1 was the odd first day schedule with assemblies and such, 2nd week had a 2-hr delay on Monday due to hurricane weather, and last week was labor day on Monday. Glad to start getting … More Post 03 – Programming Drones & Mathematical Properties
There’s a community of math teachers on Twitter who are participating in a weekly blogging challenge and this weeks prompt was to write about teacher hacks. Here’s what I think I do that could be considered hacks; ways that I save time, energy, or resources as a teacher. 1. Optimizing my most productive time of … More Post 02 – My Teacher Hacks
Well as part of my goals this year, I’d like to continue to blog every week as a reflective practice in my middle school math & robotics classes. This is my 7th year in the classroom, 4th year teaching middle school math & robotics, and 3rd year doing weekly blogs. I’m impressed by the number … More Post 01 – First Week Pre-Algebra, Robotics, and Advisory Activities