Monday - October 20, 1997
I spend a lot of time working on lesson plans, grading papers, and just
thinking about how I can improve my teaching. The end (or one of
the ends) result of this is a day like today. Today was standard to the
point of being boring. I lectured; the students learned (I hope). No
surprises. I would have had a lot to talk about if I hadn't prepared
like I did... but the day wouldn't have been fun. So what follows is my
brief synopsis of my day.
Algebra II: I lecture on constructing equations given such things
as slope and point, etc. I then have the students work on the classroom
exercises in class while I look over their collective shoulders. As far
as I can tell, they understand the material and do fairly well at it.
Of course, I thought so about the earlier material, too, and quite a few
students bombed it.
In the Algebra I classes, I lectured on solving equations with more
than one step. It appears that they had already done that in 8th grade.
Good. This should give them a needed boost of confidence. When I go
over the quiz tomorrow, that should help, too.
In Geometry, I played the "teacher as a guide" role. I split the
class up into their groups and had them do the investigations. After
clarifying a few points and prodding one or two groups into the right
direction, I assigned the homework and let them go.