Entry 2 – Dealing With Inappropriate Moments In Class

Entry 2 – Dealing With Inappropriate Moments In Class

We are at the end of our second week of school.  I'm much further along this year as I've decided to introduce elements of our classroom structure as they arise instead of frontloading everything (waiting to get into Khan Academy until our first Khan Academy assignment instead of doing this big period-long scavenger hunt on day 2).  I'm also spreading out the Week of iMath activities from YouCubed over a few weeks instead of just doing that for the first couple of weeks.  It's helped. What I'm really excited about this year is that several teachers have jumped on board…
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How To Have Better Math Discussions In Class

How To Have Better Math Discussions In Class

Last summer I read a book by the NCTM that was all about how we should teach math.  I wrote about HERE.  One of the chapters was about how to orchestrate productive math discussions in class.  Turns out the NCTM realized a lot of people struggle with this so they created a whole separate book that just focused on that:  5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions.  I read that this summer. I'm really glad I spread these readings apart.  I think if I read both books last summer, it all would have just been jumbled together in my mind.  Having…
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Week 36 – Last Week, $3k Candy, and My 100th Post!

Week 36 – Last Week, $3k Candy, and My 100th Post!

Last week was the last week of actual instruction.  I opted to take it easy.  Life will go on even if I don't try to cram the teaching of volume of 3d figures into two days.  Also, this is my 100th post on this blog! LAST WEEK ACTIVITIES Last week, I shared all of our previous quizzes, tests, and reassessments with answer keys with the students.  This week, I decided to make a more proper review sheet in the form of a Quizlet.  I've never used Quizlet but students kept suggesting it.  It's virtual flashcards.  On one side I put the…
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Week 35 – My Teacher Self Evaluation & End of Year Review Idea

Week 35 – My Teacher Self Evaluation & End of Year Review Idea

I thought for this week's reflection I would share my teacher self-evaluation that's due next week.  Quick recap of how things were going in class though: END OF YEAR REVIEW IDEA To help my students study for the final, I didn't really want to create a review sheet so instead I gave them access to all of the quizzes, tests, and reassessments I've made this semester.  I made a folder for each unit and put all the assessments (with answer keys) in those folders and then shared those folders with students and parents on our class website.  Got some positive…
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Week 34 – Good Teaching Is Hard

Week 34 – Good Teaching Is Hard

So my last update talked about how I started teaching circles at the end of last week and into this week.  Did a few things that worked and few things that really didn't. WHAT DIDN'T WORK This YouCubed activity was sort of a bust with all three classes.  First class cut out their own circles and that took forever.  The other two classes just cut out circles that I had already printed out for them.  The general idea was that they cut them into fourths, arrange them into a rectangle, and find the area of the rectangle.  They would then…
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Week 33 – Trying To Stay Ahead At The End Of The Year

Week 33 – Trying To Stay Ahead At The End Of The Year

Yet another week where my weekly reflection is falling on the Tuesday of the week after.  Didn't realize how much I could forget over the weekend. JUST TRYING TO BE READY FOR THE DAY As most teachers know, the end of the year is a bit harder to stay ahead of the game.  In the perfect world, I would have summative assessments made before we start a unit and take a backwards design approach; working with the end in mind.  That's not happening now with my geometry units in either my 6th or 7th grade math classes.  Didn't get to those units…
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Week 29 – Proportions Tests, Percent Introductions, and Tax Day

Week 29 – Proportions Tests, Percent Introductions, and Tax Day

This week we finished up proportions in Pre-Algebra and got introduced to percents in Math Skills.  Also had several teacher visitors who are applying for the open math position at our school (our other math teacher is moving to Brazil to teach).  Oh, and it was tax day in our classroom economy, PRE-ALGEBRA We finished up proportions this week with discussing similar figures and how we use proportions to solve them.  As a review activity, I gave them a quiz that I used last year.  They worked on it together and we went over it.  The following was probably the…
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Week 28 – Let’s Talk About (Proportional) Relationships

Week 28 – Let’s Talk About (Proportional) Relationships

It seems it was all about proportions in both my 6th grade and 7th grade math classes this week.  I've written about this in the past but I find that these classes tend to have a bit of overlap.  Partly because I have some 6th graders that are placed in 7th grade math so while they have a pretty solid foundation, I don't think it would be wise to just assume they know everything that I teach in 6th grade math.  Let's see how things differed this week. PRE-ALGEBRA This has been one of our quickest units yet.  These are the three…
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Week 27 – Project Week Presentations & 3 Act Math

Week 27 – Project Week Presentations & 3 Act Math

The highlight of the week was the Project Week presentation fair.  I wrote about project week in some of my previous posts, and here is a video from last year's Project Week.  The work the students did was impressive to say the least.  I scurried around this year as well getting as much footage as I could.  It's hard because there were 10 presentations going on at a time and the presentations were only 10 minutes long.  I tried to get footage of at least two presentations every 10 minutes.  The video was a ton of fun to put together,…
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Week 25 – I Thought We Got Rid of Inequality In The 60’s

Week 25 – I Thought We Got Rid of Inequality In The 60’s

I'm having trouble remembering exactly all that happened this week.  I know we had some good lessons and I think it's perhaps nothing sticks out as a negative experience; that's good!  We started exploring inequalities in Pre-Algebra, fractions actually went better than anticipated in Math Skills, and Robotics...well you can see how that's going through my weekly episodes of Middle School Robotics :) PRE-ALGEBRA Reflecting on the 2-step equations project the students did last week, a good amount of them have done fairly well.  It was a test grade but I treated it as a learning experience as well; I…
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