Category Archives: First Year

Math-itude

This comment of Dan’s started my thinking (he’s good at that, isn’t he?). One of the most surprising, reoccurring events this year was my constant battle with my students’ attitudes toward math. Not so much that they dislike math– the … Continue reading

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Review Stations

I did something different for the “review” for the final exam today. Instead of giving the students a packet of problems, I created review stations. Eleven different pages were posted around the room. Each page was identified by a capital … Continue reading

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Proof Update

Things have gone much better the past two days with the trig proofs. Much much better. Yesterday, I asked for volunteers to put up the solutions. Not every problem was done correctly (most were though). Having the students explain their … Continue reading

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“Teaching” Proofs

We recently began trig proofs. I love trig proofs. To me they are a joyful puzzle. My students don’t quite share my sentiments. /understatement Today I heard: “I don’t know where to begin“, “This takes too long“, or “Show me … Continue reading

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April Fool’s

I wasn’t sure what to expect today. All in all, I think I was let off easy. I do teach twin brothers, but in two different periods. I think they might have pulled a fast one on me today. Maybe. … Continue reading

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Defining Success

I am struggling with how to define success. Not for my students, but for me. Lately, I’ve been brooding. Not unhappy necessarily, but… pensive. In my mind, I keep coming back to Chris Lehmann’s Letter to a Young Teacher. Wonderfully … Continue reading

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I Don’t Say These Things to Hear Myself Talk…

Weeks ago, I told the seniors that knowing the function values on the unit circle would be helpful when we got to the next section on graphing the trig functions. Too many of them didn’t believe me. Now some of … Continue reading

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