And How Was Your Day, um… Week, Honey?

First week of school is down in the history books!

Block schedule classes…

Check!

A/B days (Black, Gold, Black, Gold, Black)… Check!

Students met, names beginning to be learned… Check!

Co-Teachers (3): Awesome!!

Figuring out bathroom breaks, lunch….. Priceless!!!

I have already begun to fall in love with these kids! They are listening, they are willing to try, they are paying attention!

Algebra I – “who are you” type conversations; life by the numbers (they thought 72 was my age; it was my birthday date!); sudoku puzzles – delight when they figured it out; sharing that happened as one student helped another to understand!

Geometry – probability games with dice, spinners, coin tosses…. And dinosaurs! (Okay – we used them as game pieces!) AND bean bag toss! Sample space anyone?!? And complement isn’t saying something nice about someone! (E, not I!)

Why does getting the bean bag in a smaller opening give more points than the larger opening? The following is a (really bad!) drawing of the box I used — I forgot to take a picture!!!

Because it is LESS LIKELY to happen! My kids nailed that one!!!

Hook set, reel them in. Then the bell rang. Times up already??? They all look surprised, like waking from a hypnotic spell, and began to gather up their belongings. Oh, that we (my co-teacher and I) will be able to build on that level of involvement from here on out!

Strategies Classes: Algebra I and Geometry

The idea is to build skills and give students more time with concepts from their regular math classes – without being another 90 minutes of the same old, same old. This week was filled with informal (formative) assessments: ken ken puzzles, 5×5=31, dice challenges (first with six-sided, then 20-sided cubes!), and an intro to Classworks, a skill building tech tool. Again: Great student effort and involvement.

A great start to a great year! I can hardly wait for Monday!!!