Busy week, trying to get everything done before the weekend and didn't get around to posting until now.
Tuesday: Helping a Foundations student with his probability project.
Wednesday: Test walks in Precal and more of John Rowe's Reversing the Question in Geometry. Got the whole class engaged (see below).
Thursday: Normal Distribution Question Stack from @druinok by way of Sarah Carter. Awesome review/practice for a subject that can get stale for me sometimes.
Friday: Mashup of a couple of Desmos activities to introduce rational function vocab in Precal (thanks Hannah Schuchhardt for the inspiration for the last few slides).
Whew! Almost no schoolwork to do this weekend! Graded tests, set up Monday and Tuesday for next week, wrote tests for next week. Been kind of a blur...
Trying to ameliorate test-stress. Took a couple of breaks, took a walk, students could discuss problems, then back to the test. Feedback was great, but haven't assessed the responses yet...
Ok, if these kids are so focused on their grades, they should at least know how to calculate them...
Using the rubric to punch up our responses. Ss did these in groups to assess their previous answers.
Wedgies in precal and the legend of congruence in geometry.
Got some sleep last night, and working through my "how to read your test scores" lesson with the kids. Lots of resistance. They also told on me to the principal, who sat through my 2nd period rendition and totally backed me up! Lots of parent emails coming in, but I'm dealing.
The kids, at least in a couple of classes, are starting to get it, too. They're asking really good questions, and you can see in their faces when they start getting over the shock of "Mr. Jon thinks 85% is good" and start realizing "I know how to get 100%". Hopefully that will start permeating through the ranks soon.
Actually, hopefully they'll stop thinking about those f*cking percentages altogether... One can dream.
First test ever at LAS! These kids are so scared, it's like they're trauma victims. Gave them some nice warm-up stretches and lots of encouragement.
See what this badass did? Cut out a shape on her own to help with transformations on the test! Yeah!
Had to break out the Cornwell video to chill out and get ready for congruent triangles. Students are never as into this as I am... I still almost cry every time I watch it.