Sunday, January 13, 2013

Geometry / Algebra Final Week of Term 1!

It's been quite some time since I posted on my Math Blog. I got busy over the Holidays and the Girls Basketball Schedule has kept my pretty busy.  I wanted to post since we are nearing the end of the 2nd term. I think it's important to take some time in REFLECTION as we have only 4 days left to the end of the term. This means I will be done with Algebra 1 and adding Math Applications to the daily schedule. I am excited and nervous about this new class. Teaching REAL WORLD MATH is new to me and new to education, for the most part. I am 52 years old. I spent my k-12 career in the standard classroom. Then I spent my college years and my teaching years in "TRADITIONAL" math classes. Even this year, my Algebra 1 class and Geometry class have been more traditional than I like.

I'm not against TRADITIONAL Math Classes. I think they have an important place in the education of our students. However, if we are to TRULY prepare our students for their future, we need to walk a balance beam between the Abstract and the REAL WORLD. I know this is hotly debated. Again, I am not against traditional ABSTRACT Math education. I think it is important to stretch our students by abstraction. But, the attempts to interject Real World Math into our education system has been weak. So, I'm delving into the world of TEACHING REAL WORLD MATH to High School students. It will be a learning experience for all of us.

As we enter the last week, we will spend our 4 remaining days, preparing and taking the final exams in both Geometry and Algebra. This will be the last chance for some of these students to overcome their poor performance on the ECA to try to salvage a passing grade. Geometry is an all year class and we will take some time this week to reflect on what we have done and what we will do in the 2nd half of the year.

The most important reflection tool for this week will be the Student Course Assessment tool. Thursday, I will get some very important feedback from my students about Algebra and Geometry. I feel it is so important for my students and I to BOTH be LIFE LONG LEARNERS. I need to understand their thoughts about education and use them to make a more meaningful course.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Geometry Schedule -- January 14th-17th

Algebra 1 Schedule -- January 14th-17th

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