Author: Lisa

Grading Explanations

Well, I have put together my first document for the new school year.  Here is my explanation to students and parents as to how grading will go in my classroom.  Please, please, please comment – I want to make sure I have this as clear as possible before I print it. Background on my district – mostly blue collar, not a heavy emphasis on education.  Parents are somewhat involved – the parents of the “better” kids tend to be the most involved, otherwise they don’t tend to get involved unless their child is failing (and even then, they don’t always get involved).  I thought about including information from books/prominent educators but I chose not to because I didn’t want to be perceived as trying to go over the parents heads and/or too much “edu-speak.”  I wanted it to be in as plain English as possible. So – here it is.  Comment away!  Thanks in advance for your help! ***I have […]

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The State of Affairs in My Head

This blog post is mostly for me to get out of my head where I’m at with things.  As always, please feel free to comment or catch me on Twitter (@Mrs_LHenry) to discuss.  In fact, it’s really helpful for me if you do leave comments. First up – Grading I am committed to doing SBG this year.  At the moment, I am leaning towards doing a system very similar to Kate Nowak’s where you teach 3 concepts, then assess.  I want to assess twice because I feel that it would give me a clearer picture of whether or not the student understands the concept (it would give me two snapshots rather than just one).  I am most comfortable with a scale out of 5 and I think I would do similar to what she does, adding the 2 together for ultimately a score out of 10 to put in the school’s gradebook.  I would need to put the following limits […]

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I must be warped…

I am on vacation with my family (my parents, brother, husband and kids).  My parents rent a house each year on the water – this year we are staying on Sandusky Bay.  Like every other house we’ve stayed at, it has its good points and not so good points.  We have a nice entry onto the bay,the kids can go out in the water quite a bit, there’s a nice yard here, there’s a caboose on the property and the kitchen is about as well equipped as we’ve had. But, the kitchen is small (only about 2 can work in it at a time), the bottom of the bay is a bit rocky (had to go find lake shoes for the kids) and the only place there’s a table big enough for all 7 of us is in the garage (where there’s no air conditioning – which is really mainly an issue for my asthmatic mother).  I love the location and generally […]

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SBG Questions

As I am working through this whole SBG thing – trying to understand it, trying to figure out how to make it work in my classroom/building/district, etc. – I’m reading as much as I can.  I have spent time reading dy/dan and started through MeTA Musings but not gotten through as much as I would like.  Part of it is it’s summer and my brain can only take so much before it cries “uncle!”  I’m also reading How to Grade for Learning – Linking Grades to Standards by Ken O’Connor and I’ve purchased Classroom Assessment and Grading That Works by Robert Marzano as the next read.  Plus, I’ve been trying to ask questions on Twitter when I’m reading tweets that bring them up.  I’m learning, which is a good thing. So, here’s where I’m at today:  I buy into why SBG makes sense.  I get that including homework and other practice (i.e. Formative Assessments) shouldn’t be included in a student’s grade.  I […]

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Algebra 2 Concept List

This is very much a work in progress.  I took the list of the objectives from my Adv. Alg 2 book and listed them based on what I have covered in the past.  I still have to find corresponding sections in my Alg 2 book, as well as the Ohio Standards.  I also decided that since we will be heading to the Core Standards in 2011-2012, I would also match them.  Haven’t gotten that far yet.  Also, I haven’t put them in any order yet.  There are a couple I am thinking of taking out – haven’t gotten there yet. Background info:Adv Alg 2 is our students on a track for Calculus if they stick it out.  Alg 2 is our college prep/”regular” students.  In Ohio, all students will have to take Alg 2 or an Alg 2 equivalent to graduate, starting with our upcoming freshmen (class of 2014).  They also have to have 4 credits of math.  Our current […]

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21st Century Math Day Two

Well, I did get a few things out of today.  It was not a complete loss.  I will highlight what I think was worthwhile to pass along. The morning started out rather promising.  We began by talking about clickers.  🙂  In Youngstown, we have Turning Technologies who is one of the first companies to do this sort of thing.  Since they are local, most districts (including mine) have at least one set somewhere.  I should add that I have used our set in our building a couple of times about 5 years ago or so and I know where they are and you can bet your bottom dollar that as soon as I get back in the building I will hunt them down and hide them in my room since no one is using them.  What did we learn about it – well, we learned briefly what they were and that you can use them for multiple choice assessment and […]

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21st Century Math? Day One

Well, y’all wanted to hear about my class.  I had thought about tweeting about it later, but there are so many questions that ir raised with me that I figured I was better off blogging.  Please feel free to either comment and/or tweet me (@Mrs_LHenry).  I would really like to have discussion on some of these points. I am not totally sure what I was expecting to get out of this class.  I guess I expected to learn some new software/websites/programs to help teach math better.  Here’s how my day went:The first two hours were spent between the housekeeping stuff, all of introducing ourselves, an update on the Core Curriculum, and being told that we should have a web presence and having PowPak and Moodle introduced to us.  We had also spent time with Pow Pak and Moodle in my 21st Century Tools class last week.  Then a second year teacher presented for about an hour and a half about […]

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Reflection on my 21st Century Tools Class

Here is my paper on my class from last week.  Feel free to read and comment. This post originally appeared on An “Old Math Dog” Learning New Tricks.

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Mid-Career Crisis

Well, I have finally up and done it.  I have started blogging.  I suppose this was bound to happen.  I suppose I ought to give a bit of an introduction and why I’m here, but it will take some time.  So, I’ll start with the homework issue that we started with last night. I have taught for 18 years – all but one at the high school level.  I spent last year (08-09) teaching 7th and 8th grade math and I had also taught 8th grade math earlier in my career at a 7-12 high school.  I have never been really happy with how I’ve done homework.  In reality, there are a lot of things I’m not happy with at the moment (hence the title), but I’ll get into those over the next few weeks. I had started on Twitter in the fall and winter, but got away from it in the spring – things had gotten too busy and […]

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