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:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSG.GPE.B.6

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.