Today was the first day of school at my placement high school. I arrived around 7:15am, greeted by the campus security person. It was good to see him out and about. My CT was in the classroom already with another math teacher. As soon as I arrived, the other teacher disappeared though. I made some coffee for the department and the day began…
My CT has a great way in the classroom. I enjoyed how she handled the new students and her returning students. I took copious notes…on MY desk which she was nice enough to order installed for me.
She advised me that period 2, my primary placement, has the more challenged students, as will period 3, the Alg2 class. That is fine with me. I look forward to the challenge. She also suggested that I introduce myself to the P1 – P3 students tomorrow so I spent some time putting some slides with interesting factoids together introducing me to the class.
I also learned that one student has gone through difficult emotional challenges due to an ongoing family situation; he is one of the, if not the, brightest in the class according to my CT. I hope to help him overcome his challenges as he progresses in class and will look to my CT for guidance as well.
I also noted that there were several D and C students (based on last year’s grades) that were having difficulty with today’s assignment: determining lengths of seven iterative layers of isosceles triangles formed within nested squares given an outer square’s dimensions. The problem looks ominous at first glance, and even seemed so to me so I am not surprised some students had difficulties, however, they worked in teams which seemed to help some. Many students knocked it out pretty quickly, it seemed, but I’m not sure all of them “got it” though.
For the P3 Alg2 class, there was an another assignment where students were given a figure composed of geometric shapes and had to give verbal instructions to another student so they could reproduce the figure. It was a great exercise and revealed how important “specific and concise” directions were to communicating. Their homework was to repeat the exercise with their parents using another figure.
Looking forward to tomorrow!