Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I Love Math - Day 1 in GHS MATH 2012

Today was the first day BACK in the Classroom. I had a great day and look forward to working with my classes this year. As always. the first day schedule is crazy. Class meetings, handbook meetings, issuing lap tops, and abbreviated schedules add to the chaos of students trying to find rooms and teachers. Add on to that a BRAND NEW Building, it was a wild day. Even with all that, we were able to accomplish a few positive things today.

In Geometry we talked about a few of the projects we are going to start here at the beginning of the year. We will be "Decorating" my classroom with posters, signs, and "Rhoades" items. This first project will help us start out applying some basic geometric principals. We will measure, scale drawings , collaborate, communicate, and use some critical thinking skills in designing the layout.

We also talked about a future project of designing a residential sprinkling system using what we learn about circles, arcs, sectors, line segments, radii, diameter, and other 21st century skills.

In  both Algebra and Geometry, we covered the syllabus and basic housekeeping along with implementing a standards based grading system.

My students were great. They cooperated, participated, and seemed enthusiastic about the class.


The most important part of the day was the presentation and discussion about being positive about Math. I challenged the students to follow Shawn Achors "Happiness Advantage" system. Our homework assignment was to find 3 things were grateful for, email someone with a compliment, and do some type of random act of kindness. I will ask them tomorrow about the results. We will continue to do this and maintain a POSITIVE attitude about life and MATH class in the 2012-2013 school year.

Tomorrow: We will work on Team Building and then build the class rules and mission statement for the class. Can't wait!

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