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I’m not sure how I feel about this.

February 29, 2012

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I teach 2/3 of my students the subject of Precalculus. They had to pass a bunch of other math classes to get to me. The students I teach are largely (90%) seniors (and, therefore, have no high-stakes tests in two months). Most claim to be headed to the local junior college (13th grade). (I could […]

New Prezi…this time with video! Borrowing goes viral!

February 27, 2012

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Since I’m a sucker for new technology, I’ve been playing with Prezi. It doesn’t hurt that the presentations are so cool. This time, I’ve justified my time on this by saying the Prezi I created is waaay less helpful than the PowerPoint the textbook company made that I, um, borrowed from for this. The CD […]

I did it again!

February 26, 2012

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I promised I would stop worrying about changing the world. I can’t. I can do what I do for my kiddos. So I shall. Upcoming plans: the Precalculus students have been historically bad at fractions. Strange, but that is how it is. On Monday, they get to find out how much their favorite restaurant meal […]

A passive-aggressive comment

February 25, 2012

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As always, any advice is welcome. My school is gearing up for the mighty AYP-influencing California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Side note: One of my wonderful Education professors (the one who actually was a teacher once) called it the Hissey. It seems more appropriate. Back to passive-aggressive… The administration had posters made, where their […]

Reality bites…

February 24, 2012

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Today, I’m having trouble with reality. I admit my classroom is a bit of Fantasyland. My school is considered ghetto; we have the vast majority of students on free/reduced lunch; pretty much any fight is race- or gang-related (or both). I figure that the hour in my room everyone gets to escape that reality. That […]

A new, unfamiliar, Prezi world

February 21, 2012

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Since Prezi is SOOO cool, I took one of the PowerPoints created by my textbook publishers and tried to make a Prezi out of it. It is ok. It sucks at math equations and things like subscript (something used heavily in higher math and statistics). I didn’t finish some parts because I really need those […]

New toys, new attitude

February 20, 2012

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After my rants yesterday, I realized I am no better than the whiners I complained about. I don’t like complainers or whiners. I am excited to teach, I am excited to try new things to try and get my kiddos interested in whatever stuff we’re doing, and I like new toys. Besides, all the teachers […]