Here's a great Geometry activity relating to triangles and points of concurrency (incenter, orthocenter, circumcenter, centroid). I stole this from a friend in Utah. Cut out some cardboard shapes. Take a shape (start with a circle) and rest it on top of something stable (like a soup can or paper cup). Pour salt on top… Continue reading Neat geometry activity
I've been using this algebra balance in my Algebra 1 classes to illustrate concepts having to do with equations. This balance is unique in that it has two pans on each side. The yellow pans represent positive quantities and the red pans represent negative quantities. The white chips and the green containers (representing the "x")… Continue reading Algebra balance
At the parent-teacher conferences this Thursday, I met a parent of a student who is currently in jail. (It was good to find out why he has been missing from school for about a month.) The parent claims that the student did not commit any crimes and asked me to write a letter on the… Continue reading Letter for a student in jail
Parent-teacher conferences took place tonight. There wasn't a huge turn out, but it was nice to meet parents. Students act very differently when they're by themselves (instead of around their peers) and they act even more differently when around their parents! I was kicking myself tonight for not keeping up my Spanish skills--that was the… Continue reading Parent-teacher conferences
In third period, a student called me over to his group. "Teacher, what does ching chong <insert other random Asian sounds> chong mean?" He had his whole group in stitches. The first time he asked the question, I didn't realize what he was doing and I said, "I don't understand what you are trying to… Continue reading Why does ethnicity mean so much to students?
Today's professional development meeting at school was productive. We spent much of the time talking about students, especially those that are having issues that are causing them to miss school or do poorly at school. It was great to hear the concern from all of colleagues. This is why we do what we do.
Quick updates: Still no copier available for teachers to use. I am getting by using a laser printer in our classroom. It's then 10th week of classes and students' schedules still shifting around. Sounds like the schedule changes will be good for students, but I feel bad for them that it took this long for… Continue reading Nov 16 update