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Starting over…sort of.

September 8, 2015

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It is Monday, September 7, 2015. The day before traditional school starts. I’ve been in for a month. But it doesn’t feel like it. I’ve been out multiple times a week of that month for training for our newly_purchased textbooks. It probably should have been done over the summer, but my colleagues in the district voted that down. […]

Day 20.75 – Wrapping up an Iron Butt

August 30, 2015

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The Iron Butt Rally project is done, I think. I will have my Math I freshmen look at it tomorrow, our late start/professional development/short classes day. They can ask questions then; hopefully I can get everything clarified. (Another big thank you to Fawn (@fawnpnguyen) for broadening my horizons into the world of endurance motorcycle riding.) They […]

Day 20.5 – A little help?

August 29, 2015

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I haven’t written for a couple of weeks. This is largely because I don’t have any lessons to share. Nice way to start the year: out for training one or two days a week for the first month. I’m supposed to have another day this week, but I’ve already cancelled my requested substitute. I’m not […]

Day 10: Relationships

August 16, 2015

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I was out Thursday for training. I read the substitute’s report. I was mad at my students…for about 10 minutes, then I was puzzled. It is only the 2nd week of school and I don’t know them very well yet. But there are two sides to every story, so Friday was spent listening to my kiddos. […]

Day 9: PD for Pearson Integrated Books

August 13, 2015

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I haven’t blogged this week. It isn’t personal…my life is slightly crazy right now: My kitchen is in my living room (it is being rebuilt) Monday was my daughter’s Open House (obviously we went) Tonight is my school’s Open House (obviously I’ll be there) In Math I: Monday is the District HS’ PD, so the […]

Day 3 – Week of Inspirational Math…Day 4 plan – more youcubed.org and The Federalist Papers

August 6, 2015

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Math 1  Today the students did Youcubed.org’s Week of Inspirational Math (Day 2). The materials are available for free access if you register. The idea (for me) of the day was that there are many ways to organize a number, and finding the magic number symbol (for example: 3) is not always necessary. It is […]

Countdown to Day 1

August 2, 2015

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Just in case the first day of school is a madhouse (no way!), I decided to post my plans. Mostly so I can have the illusion of control, because everything is going to go perfectly! Actually, I want to look back to see if what I said I would do actually came true. It’s sort of like […]