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Today was the last day of school for 2009, woo hoo!!! Many students were absent from school today and I didn't expect a lot of learning to happen today, but I was really happy about an interaction with one of my Algebra 1 students. I've been a bit confused by this student because his English… Continue reading Next time, on “Adventures in Teaching”…

District’s new policy: Be tougher on new teachers

Today, the superintendent of our district made an announcement that the district will now try harder to weed out ineffective new teachers before they become somewhat permanent (after two years). As much as I want students to receive high quality instruction, I don't agree with this new policy. First of all, we've got to find… Continue reading District’s new policy: Be tougher on new teachers

Distributive property

It's been a roller-coaster week. The beginning of the week was really rough but encouragement from friends helped me recharge a bit. Some good progress to report today. Nearly all my Algebra 1 students were successfully applying the distributive property after a short lesson today. (Lesson involved cut out pictures of food stuck to the… Continue reading Distributive property