I picked up a new class of 40 students today. This class is called "Math Tutoring" or "Math Lab", depending on who you talk to. The students in this class are concurrently enrolled in another math class and the idea is that they take an additional period of math to help them do better. I'm… Continue reading What’s a “Math Lab”?
Today, I'd like to begin a series of blog posts called "adaptations"--these posts will try to capture some of the things that I have to do (or that I will do) differently because of my new environment and/or clientele. Adaptation #1: I have to be much more deliberate and prescribed at setting the stage for… Continue reading Adaptation #1: Much more careful scaffolding (UPDATED)
Today's Algebra 1 class was relatively successful. This class is my most stable so far--I have had the same students in this class all week. We began with a worksheet (which I billed as "warmup") that focused on the concept of multiplying and dividing by 1/2. Most students struggled with 7 divided by 1/2 as… Continue reading Patterns
I expected my Algebra 1 class enrollment to be relatively stable since I had the same kids in class on Tuesday as at the end of class on Monday. Today, I showed up and there were about 45 students in the room. There were more students than there were chairs so some were standing in… Continue reading I am so ready for class to *really* start
At the after-school faculty meeting today, the principal showed us California Standards Test (CST) results from last year. For these exams, students' scores are grouped into five categories: Advanced, Proficient, Basic, Below Basic or Far Below Basic. The goal is to get all students in either the Advanced or Proficient categories. In 2008-09, of the… Continue reading RCHS standardized test results from 2008-09
A public draft of the "Common Core Standards (an initiative of the National Governor's Association and the Chief State School Officers) was posted today at http://www.corestandards.org. It's worth a look.
There was more chaos today at school, but before I write about it, let me first say that I am SO ABSOFREAKIN EXCITED TO HAVE STUDENTS! I'd rather have chaos than have no students. (Don't quote me on that.) So... I showed up to my third period class today and there were 29 students. Hooray!… Continue reading My first day of class (sort of?)