Long time no blog...
So I think this is the longest I have not written an entry in a while.
So the last time I blogged was before Thanksgiving. What's new?? I ate some turkey and school was back on Tuesday..
Tuesday, I started to teach my second class. Holy man, was I ever excited.. I think I pumped myself up too much though. I introduced Web 2.0, they got that. I introduced blogs, they got that too.. Than they were to create a blog and write an entry about themselves. Two of them were being smart-asses, and created their blogs with the names ihateblogs.. Oh well. As long as they have it all set up, I don't really care what they call it. So they did that for the first day. Math class, I wanted to use Dan Meyer's graphing stories. So I played 3 of the basic slope ones. They were confused on the first video as to what to graph. Not until did I show the answer, they understood what to do. They liked it. Too bad I only had 3 videos that dealt with slope. But they totally understood how the graph went and what it looked like. They were asking questions, and questioning the data, which was my goal. Then continued with my lesson for the day. I don't really remember if they worked well or not.. it's been a while..
anyways.. Wednesday, I tried to use twitter in CCA9.. major fail.. Did not work at all!.. Some got it to work, some did not. So i just gave up. I gave them a mini research assign. Find a webtool and research it, post to blog. Pretty basic. I had to re-evaluate my objectives as to why I wanted them to create twitter. There really is no use for twitter in the classrooms. It's good for news outlets i think more so. Math class, I gave them a review class before their exam. I told them they could bring in a cheat sheet. So most of them were studying and preparing for their cheat sheet. A cheat sheet really is a trick for students to study. It gives them confidence when really they already know the material because they took the time to make a cheat sheet. Again, it's been a while, I can't really remember what was going on in my head that week. I just remember kids being absent, worrying about them being behind and getting them caught up for the exam.
moving on to Thursday. CCA9 - all the band kids had to leave early, so I couldn't do the chat thing that I wanted to do. But I decided to do it with the remaining kids who weren't in band. That was only like 7 of them. So the goal was to go on the chat room and chat, but no talking at all. Anyone who talked was out. It kind of worked. I mean some of them logged back on anyways. Some were talking. So when I do it with the big group I'll have to think of some motivating strategies so they won't talk. like prizes or something. Math 10 - they wrote their exam. Most of them brought a cheat sheet. It seemed to go well.
Oh right, Thursday night and Friday afternoon was parent teacher interviews. They went good. I mean I'm not much of a talker so my co-op did alot of talking even though he was sick. I piped in to talk about what I was doing with the CCA9 kids and my math10 kids.. I really hate talking one on one with strangers.. anyways, some of the kids did show up with their parents which made it kind of awkward cause I didn't know if I was telling the student or their parent of their progress in the class. Plus some of the kids wouldn't even look at me when I was talking about them. I think because they felt "stupid" in front of their parents. I dunno..
Long weekend.. It's Friday morning, and I'm trying to work on the PGG. Which I have successfully filled out more of.. The other teachers are to be attending PD sessions or personal PD. So 5 of us interns got together to set a time to work on it. Which worked out well.