Thursday - October 2, 1997
It seems that Maureen's lecture to 5th hour hasn't worn off, yet. More on
I wasn't convinced that 2nd hour Algebra II was "getting" how to
solve inequalities with absolute values. A quick check of their homework
showed that I was probably right. So I read aloud the answers to their
homework and I had them split up into groups to work on them. In the
meantime, I circulated around the classroom and helped out individuals
and groups as needed. After about 20 minutes, it seemed as if most
of the students were done. At this point, I had volunteers go up to
the board and work out their problems without notes. By and large,
they got the right answers. There were a few minor mistakes, but no
mistakes that led me to believe that they didn't understand the material.
I'm going to get a quiz from Lois to give to the kids tomorrow.
4th hour Algebra I is one section ahead of 5th hour, so I spent the
day going over homework with them. They were assigned quite a bit of
problems and I had them work them all out on the board (no notes, again).
I didn't see any huge misconceptions. To give them more practice (and
to occupy them at the end of the hour), I assigned them the rest of the
problems in those two sections (the "evens").
5th hour almost started out on a bad note. I told the class to quiet
down and I started talking... until I noticed that quite a few students were
still talking, also. Not a good way to start this class. So I stopped
and said something to the effect of "Hey, what's with all the talking?" in
a fairly loud, exasperated voice. It worked. They shut up immediately.
I'm thinking that they still have vivid memories of Maureen's talk. Good!
I then lectured on adding and subtracting fractions. Most of this was
review for them as they've been doing it for years, now. The only
difference was the variables. After going over a few examples on the board,
I had the class do the classroom exercises with me. I was satisfied from
that that the class had, at the very least, a clue how to do them. So I
assigned all the problems in the section. There was still quite a bit of
time left over after my lecture, so I was sure nearly everybody would
finish. This wasn't a bad thing. I wanted to see the class work out the
problems with me there so I could catch their mistakes while they happened.
I got quite a few questions... less so near the end of the hour. For the
most part, the class did fairly good on the homework. I didn't have time
to answer class questions at the end of the hour, so we'll see what
All in all, another good day!