Monthly Archives: February 2015

Second semester

I’ve been enjoying second semester so far.

In geometry, we just finished up the unit on triangle congruence. I felt like it was kind of rushed, but progress was definitely made. We revisited proofs after a brief introduction back in October, and I enjoyed seeing kids reasoning again.

One practice that I used several times was having small groups write out proofs on the whiteboards and then sharing them with the rest of the class. I asked each person to contribute one thing to the board (the diagram, marking the diagram, writing the congruence statements, using cpctc, etc) which was a good way to make sure no one was dead weight. One thing I’d want to improve is what the kids in the. audience are doing while the other groups share. Too many were tuned out and I felt like I was the only one listening and asking questions. However I think everyone was listening when one student ended up saying FU is congruent to FU.

I’m now teaching stats in FST. The curriculum is… lacking to say the least. I feel like stats could be so cool, but these crappy worksheets with blurry images are pretty uninspiring. My mentor said she’d help me come up with some cool stats projects, so I have to remember to follow through on that.

Speaking of curriculum, during the last inservice, the math department met and had a pretty kickass discussion on equity in our curriculum. Nothing concrete came out of it, but it was refreshing to hear everyone’s ideas, and I was glad to learn that I’m not the only one who thinks much of our curriculum is really out-dated, non-rigorous, and inequitable. I really do feel like I’m teaching something that was written in the late 80s or early 90s. I can’t relate to it all, and I sympathsize with my students when they can’t either.

So there’s much work to be done, but so far second semester has been shaping up nicely. It’s frickin cold out and we won’t have any vacation until spring break, but I’ve been enjoying every day so what more could I ask for? I’ve been feeling pretty lucky lately.

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Proving his knowledge

I just received the following email. It made me smile, so I thought I’d share.

— Hi Ms. Cummins, this is ______ from your 2B Geometry class. I was wondering, would it be worth my time to go back and complete the Classifying Triangles assignment, even if I have proven my knowledge on the subject with a perfect unit test grade? I want to know because my mother is unsatisfied with the current state of the assignment, and has taken drastic actions until the “problem”is resolved. Thank you for being an awesome geometry teacher, and before you ask, this is a serious question. —

I’m glad he felt comfortable asking me this, and I agree- it wouldn’t be worth his time. He demonstrated mastery on the unit test, so why bother with an old incomplete assignment?

Kids are the best.

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