Every little while the Committee for Culture and Character gathers to discuss how our school culture is morphing over time and how we can make sure it evolves into a more positive portrayal of our value system. One of the important aspects of this is Crew, the daily advisory class that all teachers have. We loop with the same students over their middle school or high school careers and try to guide them in their social and emotional process of learning. One of the aspects of that is academic advisement and monitoring - something I love to do. I like talking to students about their options in the future and how they can achieve their goals if they put themselves into them fully. This was some great stuff to discuss!
In our new semester of Algebra 1 we are starting with an analysis of how data is collected and represented in the world. The first day of the unit saw students measuring their foot length and forearms, sharing their data, and making scatter plots to describe the patterns they noticed. This will continue with learning about residuals, outliers, and how to calculate lines of best fit using linear regression modeling programs. Then, students will collect their own data to eventually showcase to the outside world. Very excited stuff!
I know I have posted about this topic before but it is always inspiring to see students working together to create something new. Today we had our Geometry students summarizing the tools they have used to solve for unknowns in triangles (ex. trig functions, Pythagorean theorem, etc). It was great to see them review the material and make a toolkit that they can use for studying purposes (and on the test next week). There was obviously a lot of motivation!
Since the second semester has just begun we had an All Crew Day with our seniors. We decided to have a variety of activities including a reflection circle on change (since they are graduating), some time to review transcripts and schedules, and some activities to create memorabilia like tie-dye shirts and memory mailboxes. The students really latched on and completed almost everything by the time we had to break for lunch. It was a good day and I was glad to take part in it.
One of the nice things about our administration is that they show their appreciation of us quite a lot. We get swag from school often (mugs, shirts, etc) and also food one specific days (PD days, student-led conferences and the like). Today's spread was normal - some bagels, cream cheese, fruit, coffee, and OJ. I brought my own lox to spread on the bagels - it was tasty. Thanks, admin!
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!