I really like my school schedule this year. I have 2 Precalc classes in the morning, then my Algebra 2's and Algebra 1 in the afternoon. What's really nice is that I teach 1st period, have my conference period, then teach 3rd period, then have my tutoring and lunch. Makes for a pretty easy morning, and my afternoon's full so it flies by pretty quickly. What's bad, though, is that I really have trouble working during my plan period 2nd period. For whatever reason, I just can't sit and grade.... Right now I have a class of Algebra 2 quizzes from yesterday staring at me. I know it won't take long to get them done, but I really don't want to do it. Not a good thing to happen when it's still September!
The Barbie Bungee activity was a success all around. The kids enjoyed it, did well, and only a few Barbies crashed when we went outside to test predictions. I had several kids comment on their papers that they had fun and wish we could do more activities like that. :) I borrowed a flip camera from the media center and took some video of my classes working. Here's one of the precalc videos (did one for each class) and the Algebra 2 video (2 classes merged into one video).
I uploaded them to teachertube and posted on our class blogs so the kids/parents could watch. I also posted one of them on the ning that we use at school - got some brownie points! Now I guess the pressure's on to find other activities to do with the kids... but I like that pressure. :)