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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

Shout it out eighth period! On day 2 of surface area, we seemed to get it. So, on Monday hopefully we’ll have similar revelations in 2nd and 4th. The surface area formula is very confusing and brings back perimeter, area, circumference and circle area. It’ll be good review if nothing else. I got observed during…

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May 08 2009

Day 148: “Don’t touch anything.”

School was pretty solid today. Geometry moved in to 3-D figures, so it was definitions day, which is the day where we either fall asleep or command that we don’t call it the vertex, but rather “the tip.” I keep trying to explain the idea that math has its own language and vocabulary–like Spanish–but I…

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May 07 2009

Day 147: “I’m so wet.”

It was a pretty solid day, even on the Wednesday short periods. Geometry finished up their study of trigonometry with one last monster packet of problems. It was all about deciding between sine, cosine and tangent and then applying them. We seem to be there. What was great was that in second and fourth I…

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May 06 2009

Day 146: “Ooo…I’m getting this.”

Day 7 of trigonometry. I made a bit of switch up. I gave problems to the students who “had it” and had the rest of the students in my three classes come to the board to get some spot re-teaching. What was amazing was that I had pairs scattered around the room pushing through problems…

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May 05 2009

Day 145: “I’m telling on you.”

I got told on twice today. The first was after I started teaching something new to second period. One of my girls started freaking out because they didn’t know the old stuff and it wasn’t fair to teach them new stuff when they don’t know the old stuff. It was 30-60-90 triangles and is very…

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Oh my. At softball Saturday we were winning 6-4 in the 4th inning (playing with 8 players, too) when a girl on the other team spouted that gem. We ended up winning 21-9 after our girls got really mad. I know it’s kind of my job, but I would never want to make any girls…

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I’ve been trying to have journalism do a presentation on any media issue. for the two weeks. However, we didn’t get very far in the computer lab (which is like any time we go to the computer lab) and the lab is signed out until June. So, my plan was to take the idea and…

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Apr 30 2009

Day 142: “Can you write me a pass?”

As good as my first day and a half wen this week, was as bad as the next day and a half went. Just in fourth period I had a student who wouldn’t tuck his shirt in go on about how it was that time of a month, another girl freak out on someone and…

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My mood stayed good all through the morning today. However, it was abruptly changed by my juniors. Seventh period just did nothing, threw things at each other and got themselves sent away. At the beginning of ninth period, a paper ball buzzed past my head and, even after I got mad and such, they kept…

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We opened up our study of the trig functions today. One of the many initial reactions to the notes was, “That on the board is Spanish.” If one examine the words (sine, cosine, tangent, opposite, adjacent, hypotenuse and SOHCAHTOA), one can see the apparent other language effect. However, most of the class got the basics…

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