Books have been passed out and lessons have begun. Our student MacBooks will not be distributed until the end of next week. It is amazing to me how much I have changed how I teach my lessons when students all have a MacBook in their hands. I would have loved to be using GeoGebra and Desmos in my lessons this week. Until then we have been creating lines, rays, constructions and more the old fashioned way- getting to know each other again- smiling a lot and getting back into the routine of school.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
First Week Reflection
The first week is complete. Routines are in place- Seems like I never left! Several of my students are kids that I had as 6th graders and now they are in my 8th grade HS Geometry class. They seem happy to see me again- and I have to admit I am thrilled to see them too. They have a special place in my heart as they are the first students that are on a fast track to graduate with high school geometry credits on their middle school transcripts. Since I spend my 1st two hours of the day with instructional coaching activities I do not see students until my 3rd period. Since first day is always about classroom rules and expectations, I knew I needed to do something different to get students attention and make this boring part of the first day fun. My "Back-to-School" Bingo Activity was perfect. I handed out blank Bingo cards and instructed students to use the numbers 1-24 to fill in their cards in any order they wanted. I used Wheel Decide as my spinner for the topics that I needed to cover with the students in my classroom like fire drill, class rules, quiet signal, etc. I love this spinner tool and generally use it when I need to select students for groups but it was perfect for the Bingo game. Winners could choose from highlighters or pencils. We played 3-4 games in each class to get through the spinner and all the rules. This part of the first day has never been so enjoyable.