Week 2 is complete. I am still trying to find my groove with having 1st hour prep. I am a morning person, so I am ready to interact with students as soon as we arrive. Sitting down for plan time, I lose my momentum. Paired with having to be out of our building by 3:00 due to renovations, I have no time to sit and process the day’s events.
3 Things That Happened This Week
I finally got my anchor chart board with sentence starters and questions completed. I am very pleased with it and have been trying to model/give students opportunities to practice in class discussions. Here is a link to a file of the starters.
I giggled when I saw Sarah saying she “totally stole” from me…that’s what #MTBoS is all about. Sharing and making our classrooms better for our students!
I am using visualpatterns.org as one of my daily tasks to begin class. I wanted students to have a page in their INBS to record these…
Here is the file. Print 2 up and front/back for a booklet for your INBs.
I shared Thursday how I was a bit hesitant to allow my students to go with their process of locating the midpoint given coordinates of endpoints. I know. There are those that say just tell them the midpoint formula. I could but this is the method they are owning. Basically, they are finding the distance between the coordinates, then “moving” half the distance will put them at the midpoint.
But then I got to thinking about the actual standard:
Find the point on a directed line segment between two given points that partitions the segment in a given ratio.
Midpoint is the most common and yes, we’ll use it in proofs later. But if I go in Monday and ask them to find 1/3 point which would be a 1:2 ratio, or a 2/5, 2:3? Will their method actually prove more efficient because it is actually the same process for both?
2 Things on My To-do List
I have 3 tubs that still need to be unpacked from our renovation move. I have my shoe boxes on the shelves, but I need to get those labeled correctly.
Finish an Intro to Matrices Unit, I hope will work as flipped/blended learning unit.
1 Good Book to Read
Thanks to @mathymeg07 for sharing Wonder by RJ Palacio.
Megan said it is a book everyone from 9-99 should read! Right now, the Kindle version is on sale for $2.50. I am making posters of Mr. Browne’s Precepts for my classroom, such great lessons to live by.
This is also how I teach midpoint, but mine is messier. I might try putting them in a chart! Love the INB page for VPs!
Thanks Sarah. I have used the table for slope, even distance – they use segment lengths in a Pythagorean Theorem. I use it for transforming standard for of a line into slope intercept, finding x & y intercepts given an equation, even graphing line from standard form. I need to write a post about all the things I use it for. When I was working on NBCT in 2002, I collaborated with a teacher from another district in developing g lessons…this kind of grew from that. Students who struggle with memorizing all the formulas, this takes away some confusion for them. Ha. I actually did a session many years ago called Coping with Coordinates.
I found a free pdf of Wonder in a google search: http://olservice.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/5/8/10588203/wonder.pdf
I love these sentence starters! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
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