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Fri, Dec 01, 2017
Thanks to everyone who came out to our session. Megan and I had a great time and hopefully people walked away with some new ideas to try in their classrooms. Here are our slides: [iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTT3k2GjflEpCxIldtuyxgsX1drsUpHAzcgRJJZoO65P2lf7rsgz085bCd7XnlwBTLfTEjK0geWDetI/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”] Let me know if you have any questions! Read the full post...
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Mon, Nov 20, 2017
It's the second day of my class, and it's going…OK. It's a new class, and it made sense to do some review activities so I rolled out the OUR curriculum and tried one of their lessons. Specifically lesson three of their 8th grade linear unit. We had a number talk, which I updated a little bit to this: [iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTOh9aIP5hcsHKbZ6gGRVvvdaVQ8bKBYjIHEilIZeKQ4qqPC0p09Ee9FLVUYMVdj1kDCBu0793S0gGB/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”] The number talk went ok. Good actually, I considering it was my second one ever. There were definitely some kids who rolled their eyes at the beginning, who were engrossed by the end. There were also kids engrossed from the beginning, that felt defeated by the end. I think I need to do better work at making strategies visible and accessible, but that's another post. After that we started the task. Immediately it felt like there was no time left. We were either going to finish the Read the full post...
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Fri, Nov 17, 2017
Today was the first day of class! Again! One of the things that's great about our school is that every 9 weeks we start again with new classes, new kids, and essentially a clean slate. This provides our students an opportunity to have a lot of “at bats” but it also provides our teachers with fresh swings as well. This is good because I could definitely use another set of swings. Last cycle's class came with a jarring set of disruptions. My wife had our second child, about 2 weeks earlier than expected. Adjusting to baby Isabelle was the headline reason for my difficulties last cycle. Additionally, I was teaching a curriculum that I didn't really like (irony alert: it was my curriculum from 4 years ago). I haven't blogged or tweeted much because I'm short on time, and a lot of the time that was left I devoted time into Read the full post...
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Wed, Nov 01, 2017
Dealing with work time has always been a big problem for me. Kids don't always take full advantage of the time they have when they are working independently, and it leaves me l feeling like the time was wasted. This year I've tried doing a lot of ‘launching' the work time. When class starts I'll give everyone their folders and then I'll give a speech detailing what a productive period would consist of. “Hey guys. The project is due next Friday, that means today would be a good day to work on the missing assignments, plan presentations or writing up the project. Missing assignments are over here, and let me just clarify a couple things about the project before you get started…” These ‘launches' would end with my promising to do a little mini-lesson late in the class, so look through your folders and let me know what it is Read the full post...
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Tue, Aug 09, 2016
One of the reasons I haven't kept up with blogging is because I always want to wait until I have the final, perfect draft before I post to my blog. But the thing is, I never have final perfect drafts of anything. So I have to get over that. What I do have is a lot of decent ideas and thoughts in the Notes App in my iPhone. Yesterday, as I pushed my five-month-old around the neighborhood, I wrote out 4 goals for this school year in my Note as she slept. Now mind you, this is a draft. But the beauty of sharing it before it's finalized is that I can get feedback from all the (zero) folks reading my blog. So what I have here are my goals and shorter “titles” for the goals. Neither is an expanded version of the goal, but if I wait until Read the full post...
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