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Monday, November 1, 2010
So what can I do? How can I get my students to THINK? To pick out pieces of a word problem, comprehend what’s being asked, apply what they’ve learned in class, and solve the problem? Once again, I felt that this chapter didn’t really help me as a math teacher. There were some useful points in the chapter, like the outline of what skilled readers are able to accomplish after reading a passage, or word problem, but how can I get my students to that point? Not to mention, I teach middle schoolers. I felt many of the strategies mentioned are geared towards high school teachers. Even some of the strategies mentioned in our MTC training isn’t always helpful because of the prevalence of high school placements.
One method I’ve used for comprehending is the Whole Brain “Teach, OK!” (See link.) http://www.wholebrainteaching.com/Whole-Brain-Teching/First-Steps/Whole-Brain-Developer-Teach-OK.html
I also allow students to teach various lessons and to teach one another. So far, I’ve had success with these methods, but I need something more to reach the students that think Whole Brain Teaching methods are “lame.”
Despite my frustration with the chapter, it was interesting to read and I could definitely pass the information on to my fellow high school teachers, specifically the English teachers. Also, I wouldn’t mind teaching various subjects, later in life, so learning about different teaching techniques and strategies is something I’ve come to enjoy in my free time! (The little I have, lol) :)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Greetings from the Mississippi Delta!!!!! Where the heat index's 103 at 10p, the water's brown, and the mosquitoes are huge. lol. A far cry from my once "glamourous" life in Malibu.
I don't know where to begin...so I'll start at day one. During the drive down (for New Teacher Training) to Leland...I got VERY depressed. It literally hit me all at once. What am I doing? Where am I going? What will I do in my spare time? Will I pick up this "accent"? Will Laura and I get along? Will my kids like me? What will the parents be like? Will the principal be supportive? What the f*** was I thinking? Will the water damage my hair and skin? Are the mosquitos really THAT bad? What if I'm not a good teacher? What if my kids fail the state test? How are the scores from last year? Will I be able to live off of 32K a year? Bills?!?! Will anyone come visit me? Will they WANT to come visit me in the Delta? What will my Cali friends think when/if they come to visit? Will my race be a huge issue down here? What will I do about church? Lord why? What? How? Why now? So many questions....so few answers.