Category Archives: First Year

Deviating from the Plan

On Wednesday last week we learned the mechanics of standard deviation. We worked with small data sets. I listed the steps on the board. The same steps were listed in their book. With an example. We practiced in class. They … Continue reading

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That’s One Option

There are four minutes to go in the period when one of the deans shows up at my door, just to give me a heads-up. I ask for a volunteer to finish the problem we just started. One of the … Continue reading

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Reflections

I’m taking some time over break to reflect on my experiences so far in this first year. Technically the semester isn’t over yet (and I still don’t think it’s a good idea to have finals after break) but it seems … Continue reading

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Never Assume

Today in my first period class, I asked a student to interpret another student’s work on the board. She said she couldn’t as it was written in red. She then mentioned that she can’t really see writing on the whiteboard … Continue reading

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Class Discussions

In the comments on my last post, H asked, “What have you been doing to get them to this point?” So as requested, here’s some of what I do in my freshmen classes. Students work in groups. Every day. No … Continue reading

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Becoming Obsolete

In my freshman classes, the students are now asking each other questions instead of depending on me to verify their answers. Most of them are moving beyond “What was the answer? to “How did you get that answer?” They are … Continue reading

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Strange Threat

I was out yesterday for a conference and had the chance to meet my sub before I left. Despite the fact that he looked like he was twelve years old, I was willing to give him a chance. That chance … Continue reading

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