In the end, I decided to use NING for 3 of my sections and moodle for one. I'm not sure if I will end up having them blog or what. So far, they have posted a biography (about me post) and posted their expectations and goals for the year. I like it all in one place so that they can all read what each other has written. I'll use it similar to the blog, but in an easier fashion, the students can see it as more of a discussion and read what each other has written.
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
With multiple intelligences surveys I am almost always finding results where I am in the middle or have scored evenly with 2 intelligences. They are visual and logical. I often think about how I learn best when I am teaching and try to incorporate the other intelligences by using a variety of methods.