Last week was week 2, or more technically 1.5, of school and getting into a routine was proving to be a tad difficult! I am liking my schedule and trying to use my time effectively. I believe it was misscalcul8 who said to use all time at school you have to work and not walk around talking with people (which I actually love doing). We are on a different schedule this year where MWF we go through all 7 classes and then TuTh we have longer blocks and do 4 classes. I like it but it is taking getting use to for adults and kids alike. I think some of the parents are having a tougher time than their kids when it comes to these changes this year.
Over the weekend I started by 8bit computer and failed right away. Good thing I have friends and brilliant students to help me along! I also learned that the game roller coaster tycoon was written in all assembly, which not only amazed me but also inspired me… to download roller coaster tycoon and spend at least 5 hours playing this weekend! :]
I found a new book that has been great so far! Definitely recommend it.
I am struggling a bit with the feel of IM in my classroom. The routine parts are awesome and the kids are liking those. We had a good number talk fo ra warm up, which opened my eyes to how little these kids have ever been asked to look for different strategies and talk about them when solving even just arithmetic problems. But then during the lesson kids were talking in the same way they learned during the number talk so that was great to see! I think for my new 7th graders, there is always a learning curve to the types of problems they see in eureka math and IM. I think MY biggest struggle is figuring out how much I can leave unsaid in each lesson. The balance between letting the kids discover some of the math and just telling them some big concepts or notation customs is hard to find for some reason and then the openness that is allowed for the kids makes them uneasy right now because they aren’t use to it. I am interested to continue to see how this progresses as the year goes on and hope to start to feel more comfortable. I am using the online lesson explanations for IM to help prep for the classes but often feel like I forget what exactly I need to do when the class begins. I did have an amazing answer to an exit ticket this week though! Love the thinking behind this one…
Kids are starting to put picture up for the scavenger hunt!
I printed some Scutoids and put information about them out for the kids. So far my colleagues have been more excited and interested than the kids. I put the zome tools out as well though and I have a feeling that will start to spark more student interest.
I also had a student ask me to print more penrose tiles :]
And besides roller coaster tycoon, I played with this quite a bit this weekend! But I haven’t read this chapter yet but hope to get there this week!