It is our Holiday break & I should be planning for the Intro to Computer Programming class that I'll be teaching starting in 2 weeks. Problem is, I don't really know how to code. I can write simple programs in a TI-84, and I wrote some C++ & Matlab programs back in college. I think … Continue reading Jumping in
Waayyy too much time and thought went into this! I have to remind myself that teaching & covering are not the same and that I have to let some things go in order to tech other content well. I'm just not going to do Law of Sines & Law of Cosines in geometry. It isn't … Continue reading Planing Hexter 4 (or the first 6 weeks of 2nd semester), or, Hey! Kate Nowak, this is why blogging kicks ass!
I hate having a sub. I hate missing time with my students. My stepdaughter is pregnant and she is due in about a month. I will be there. I know I'm going to have little notice & ill need a sub, so I decided to put together a few days worth of plans over the … Continue reading Sub (Guest Teacher) Plans
Today we predicted what the snowflake would look like using an update of Dan Meyers really old lesson. Students had whiteboards and I physically cut paper as we want through the slides. They would draw their predictions, is walk around providing comments, then I'd open the snowflake. Students were very into it. After that I … Continue reading Day 79: Snowflakes day 2
Today was so fun! We started by presenting the ultimate goal, which was to make this: Then, we watched this: Snowflakes, starflakes, and swirlflakes: Unusual variations on the paper snowflake. Wow! They struggled! It was very interesting to see their attempts. Most students cut out the part they were trying to keep and created the … Continue reading Day 78: Snowflakes!!
Students did pretty well. I'm never sure if I am teaching content with the appropriate amount of depth or rigor, but I am sure that EVERY single student improved over their pretest.
I forgot to take pics of our notes today, so hopefully I'll remember to add some later. I focused on students practicing the formula notation for translations, rotation & refection. Next year I think I will re sequence this unit to start with Mathalicious' Face Off, then notes & practice on symmetry & reflections. Then, … Continue reading Day 75: Summing up Transformations