Friday, November 28, 2008
I consider myself a somewhat hard teacher. I make the kids work and I think that they learn. I would say 50% of kids like me and the other half really don't like me. I can't seem myself changing my style of teaching though. One thing that I wanted to work on this year was being more understanding and compassionate towards kids. The thing is though, you never know if they are pulling a fast one. I want to prepare them for the future, not help them to get an A. I want them to be trained in responsibility and hard work, and most of them don't want to work and want the easy way out. It is hard to find that happy medium.
I felt bad for the science teacher and I feel that we are surrounded by "easy" teachers. I don't think the kids are really benefiting from these teachers in terms of what they will see when they leave high school. I will say that it is difficult to make the kids work hard and be liked. I'm going to keep working on it. I think we'll be appreciated down the road.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
So far, the beginning of the year is going well. Last year, I taught a different approach to geometry and this year I have needed to revise it a bit so that all geometry teachers are on the same page. It has taken more prep work but I think in the end, it will be best for the kids. Some of them are still struggling with bisectors/midpoints - what is congruent after you state there is a bisector or midpoint, etc. Algebra 2 started off with functions, and most kids that reviewed the material and studied really got it. Precalc started with the unit circle and is going smoothly, except for the kids who shouldn't be in the class in the first place.
Hope the beginning of the year is going well for the teachers out there.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I'm planning on having the students set up blogs the first week and make a post. I also plan on using Moodle, but I'm just not quite sure yet. I like the idea of seeing everyone's post and responding easily - a little easier than using Google Reader for the kids.
I'm iffy about Moodle because I'm not sure that I'll keep up with it. I don't want to overdo it either with blog accounts and using Moodle. I guess I'll just go with it for now and see how it goes. I want to start making a journal of blog entries for throughout the year for each course. That is my plan for the next few weeks (2 weeks to go!)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Some pros and cons - but I would like to hear what you use and suggestions.
Moodle - can't get into it. Not user friendly, overwhelming, like the idea of everything in one place, with calendars, documents, links, everything
Study Wiz - seems more user friendly, have never used before, imports classes for me
Blogs and wikis- worked well but available to the world
NING - was going to try out this year, don't know much about it, but like the discussion feature.
What am I looking for? A place where students can comment on each other's discussions.
Bonus: a place to store documents & lessons.
What do you think?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
What are we doing here? The following sets of questions can help you articulate your philosophy of education. When you are done, you can save your responses to the notepad in your backpack, e-mail them, print them, or share your thoughts with other teachers.
- What is education and who is it for?
- Who am I teaching?
- What should we be teaching?
- Why teach?
- Who teaches?
The following sets of questions can help you think about the atmosphere and design of your classroom.
- How do I want students to interact in my classroom?
- In what ways is it important for students to interact with the community in which they live?
- What resources should be available to my students?
- How can I use the wall space in my classroom to further active learning?
The following sets of questions can help you think about your work this week and this year ... What have you learned this week? What have you taught this week? How are you doing in your work? The questions posed in this section are designed to provide you with some space in which you can consider your own professional development.
- What was the most important thing I tried to teach my students this week?
- What is/are the most important thing(s) my students will learn from me this year?
- What did I learn from my students this week?
- What was I thinking?
I teach because I want to make a difference in students' lives - not just with curriculum, but by inspiring them. I am teaching a variety of students, from different backgrounds and of different levels. I want students to feel comfortable and excited coming to class everyday (good luck with that!).
This year, I'll be a tech mentor. I feel that I already share and collaborate really well with the math department, and I will continue this, and I also am looking forward to working with a small group of teachers to assist them in learning new things that they can use in their classroom, and sharing together. I always learn from these sessions and find them very rewarding. I would like to make time to help my colleagues with any questions and share things that they may not know.
Are you a tech mentor in your building? What kind of things do you do?
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Summer will be refreshing!