Entry 23 – Trust Me, This Will Make Future Problems Easier

Entry 23 – Trust Me, This Will Make Future Problems Easier

Let's just do a general reflection on what went well and what didn't this week. PRE-ALGEBRA So we had a quiz on solving 1-step equations last week.  They didn't do super.  It's hard to help them make the shift from doing problems they can do in their head (x + 5 = 12) to actually solving algebraically by doing the same thing to both sides of the equation.  We went over the algebraic properties of equality this year beforehand for the first time.  I really just gave them definitions and examples like if I have 12 = 12 and then…
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Week 1 – Less Stress Than I’m Used To

Week 1 – Less Stress Than I’m Used To

Last year I read a few blogs from folks who were reflecting everyday in the classroom.  I thought a more manageable amount for myself would be a weekly update and reflection.  Will hopefully stick with this as the year continues and will probably be more successful if I recognize that every post doesn't have to be a world-class entry. FIRST DAYS First weeks of school are sometimes the most stressful.  When I was a 5th grade teacher, I was quite a disciple of the Harry Wong 'First Days of School' philosophy of the first day being the most important.  I…
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