Monday, April 27, 2015

Blah.

I'm in a funk.

I miss math, I miss teaching, I miss feeling like I'm contributing to a school.  I was hopeful that a teaching position would open up and I could slide right back in but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

My last couple of weeks have consisted of subbing (the lack of subs right now is crazy), running calculators around the building for our second round of PARCC testing, selling Prom tickets, and organizing the After Prom ticket data. Not too fulfilling.

I need it to be summer so that I can start thinking about other things. But I got a summons in the mail last week to report for jury duty in June (yes, the whole month). That's not going to make me happy. I'd actually like to see what the whole court process is like, but not during summer! Especially considering I'd have to pay for a babysitter for my kids and that wouldn't be cheap. I'm supposed to call in the Friday before each week to see if I'm on the list to report. Fingers crossed that it won't happen.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Individualized Quizzes and g(Math)

I'd heard of g(math) as an Add-on for Google docs and forms, but I ran across this post talking about how you could use it to create individualized quizzes for students.

Although it might be a lot of work, maybe it would be a way to create quizzes for students who are re-quizzing topics (if you go SBG)?

Just a thought.

Here's the post that got me wondering.

CCSS confusion

I like the Common Core for math.

And yet....

From the Math 1 Evidence Tables (what's tested when):

From the CCSS Appendix A (under Integrated Math 2):

So....
Call me confused.

Monday, April 6, 2015

4th quarter! Math! What could be better?

Once again, it's hard to believe that it's 4th quarter. We were on Spring Break last week and are now facing 40ish days to finish up the school year. Woo hoo!

I've been working on putting together some pacing guides for our Math 1, 2, and 3 courses - we went with the Integrated pathway and there isn't a whole lot out there!  Try shopping for new textbooks... Most publishers (that we've seen, anyway) reissued an Algebra 1 textbook and slapped a couple of chapters of Geometry at the end.  Yeah, no.

So for now our teachers are making do with MathXL and piecing together sections from the books we already have. I'm hoping that if we have these pacing guides it'll help give people a clearer idea of what all needs to be taught.

This is a section from the Math 1 document (it's not ready to go fully public yet):
You've got the dates, unit name, # of weeks, short list of topics, standards, when they're tested, and the calculator policy of the standard.

The green and yellow highlighting indicates the importance of the topic being taught (green > yellow > blue) and I linked the standards to their places in our Unpacked documents.

If I was teaching this course I'd be pretty happy with this information. My only worry is that it's too much; one teacher I showed this to said all he wants is the topic list. That doesn't bother me at all (cough cough).

We have a Math Course of Study meeting on Wednesday so I need to have these done by then. I think the teachers will be linking in different resources they're using for the different standards, so it's almost like we're creating our own textbook.

And I get to live in math world for a while, which makes me happy. :)