This is my blog about my teaching (and learning) experiences. I will be posting about my journey from a recent college graduate to an experienced educator. One of my biggest goals is to learn how to move my classroom to a 21st Century Learning model. I will chronical ideas I have and how they turned out.
Okay let me explain. I got a new ipad and our school started using a new service called @engrade. Engrade actually has an app for the ipad so it makes my life SOOOOOO much easier and less stressful. For me, less stress = better teaching.
Goal 2: Have all Geometry students at 65% or better.
They did it! (Not me.) When I wrote this goal, it was more for me than the kids. Well, I didn't have much to do with it. I have a great group of children that worked really really hard! Only a week to go, and I am sure that this will stay the case.
Goal 3: Revisit goals once a month.
Okay so I've never really met this goal except once. I think I need to change this goal. My new goal is to post on my blog once a week. (Let's see how this goes...)
My goodness! It sure has been a long time since I've posted anything.
I just wanted to reflect on something I tried in my Algebra III class yesterday and today. I was reading one of my many emails from Dan Meyer when I stumbled onto a comment by a Daniel Schaben. Daniel talked about the problem of cutting squares out of paper to make a box. I was intrigued, so I gave it a shot.
I had some very different boxes, but overall the students seemed to get the idea. After they made all of the boxes, I just posed the question, "Now that we have all of these boxes, what math can we do with them?" To my shock and awe, they said things like find the area and volume. This launched into a conversation on what makes a box a "good" box. Eventually, with a little tooth pulling, we were able to get the function for volume and discussed maximum volume and domain and range of our function.
Now the question I pose, which I really hope someone reads and and replies is this.
I've learned so much about good teaching strategies over the past four years. What I really need now are good assessment strategies! HELP!!!