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Posts Made By: Mathzilla
Board: Math & Science 03-26-2009, 09:04 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Mathzilla
Bored Kids

You didn't say what grade level you're teaching. I teach Middle School math, and I frequently let kids work on independent or small group projects if the material is review to them. I don't give an...
Board: ARCHIVE 03-26-2009, 08:40 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By Mathzilla
Deja vu

I teach middle school math, and I went through this with my son (as a parent, not a teacher). I would see his completed work, and then it just never got turned in. Either he was distracted when the...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 03-22-2009, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Mathzilla
ING words

You could also approach it from the other angle. Have a class about ING words in general. As a previous poster said, have kids underline all the words ending in ING and then examine them. Maybe...
Board: ARCHIVE 03-08-2009, 04:12 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By Mathzilla

I'd have an easel with a laminated board on it, and do this:

Math: We will be able to label place value in numbers up to 1000

Language: We will use "ing" forms of verbs to describe
Board: ARCHIVE 02-28-2009, 12:58 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By Mathzilla
Same Old

Every year, our middle school team sits down and tries to approach this problem again. We try not to make it punitive, but we all get so frustrated!

I refuse to keep getting mad about the kids or...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-28-2009, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By Mathzilla
State law

Here you can't have more than 10 absences a semester. Also, doctor's notes are not sufficient. A student has to have a letter on record to qualify for a "recurring condition" to excuse multiple and...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-28-2009, 11:48 AM
Replies: 30
Posted By Mathzilla

Interesting how nothing is a parent's responsibility anymore. Not surprising that my middle school students won't take responsibility for any of their issues. It's the teacher's fault the student...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-28-2009, 11:45 AM
Replies: 36
Posted By Mathzilla

This is soooooo annoying. I teach middle school math, and I tell parents the kids need a pencil at Back to School night, it's in my syllabus, it's on the website and on the board. They can take...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-23-2009, 04:39 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By Mathzilla
Check with them

I also got summoned about 2 weeks after school started, so I just went online and requested a 6 month deferment. I got a new summons 6 months later, then when I called the night before, they didn't...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-22-2009, 05:38 PM
Replies: 71
Posted By Mathzilla

Our contract just says we get 10 days a year, or accrue 1 day per month of the school year. There is no designation of what it's for. On the other hand, we don't have to cover other teachers'...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-22-2009, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Mathzilla
No lies

Definitely don't lie or even stretch the truth. If somehow your slight misstatement of the truth came out, it would ruin your credibility on everything else.

I think most administrators are...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-21-2009, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Mathzilla
I agree with museumuse. What would I do? Be...

I agree with museumuse. What would I do? Be early to meetings and take notes and make eye contact. Be at your duty always, offer to help with serious things -- like standardized test preparations....
Board: ARCHIVE 02-21-2009, 04:57 PM
Replies: 28
Posted By Mathzilla
I'm with you

I'm in a middle school, and we have no qualms about mentioning inappropriate clothing or behavior to our assistant principal. She's the one who dress codes the kids, and teachers who won't dress or...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-21-2009, 04:29 PM
Replies: 34
Posted By Mathzilla
Both sides

As a mom of 5 and a teacher, I've been on both sides of this issue. Every now and again, we've pulled the kids out for something, but we try not to. However, in our district we have 2 weeks off in...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-21-2009, 04:11 PM
Replies: 19
Posted By Mathzilla
Nature of things

I think some things are just human nature. When something is rare, it has more value to us. When only the priveleged few had an education, it was desired. People saw and instilled in their...
Board: Math & Science 02-21-2009, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Mathzilla
3D shapes

I've taught this using stuff from the grocery store. Empty cereal boxes and granola bar boxes provide a variety of types of rectangular prisms. Cans are cylinders, ice cream cones for cones. What...
Board: Math & Science 02-21-2009, 03:26 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Mathzilla
Face just means the flat part of the figure. The...

Face just means the flat part of the figure. The cone has a circle for a face. The cylinder has two faces, also circles (think Coke can).
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 02-15-2009, 07:16 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By Mathzilla

I've gone through this with 2 of my sons, and here's what I tell my students' parents. First is to find out what they like. Sometimes you can give a gift just so you have something to take away :) ...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-15-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By Mathzilla

We have 30 routinely, including our kinders and 1st grade. There are simply no other rooms, so we can't even hire more teachers. We have 32 to 36 per class in the middle school. It's hard to fit...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-15-2009, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By Mathzilla
Cheer up

I'm so sorry this worked out this way. I agree that I would request a copy of the doctor's note be put with the eval. I had a friend who wrote a concise comment (rebuttal) after her evaluation,...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-15-2009, 05:35 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By Mathzilla

I wasn't clear on that. What I meant by an easy day, was that I just put the kids into groups where they created a flow-chart to demonstrate changing fractions to percents, then they worked on a few...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-15-2009, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Mathzilla
Everything electronic

With this kind of parent, I send everything via email, with return receipt required, and I keep it in an email folder just for them :) You an even send the progress reports home this way either...
Board: Math & Science 02-15-2009, 10:28 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By Mathzilla

What fun ideas! I also like having the kids do things NOT in proportion, so they can see how important it is. How would the cookies taste if we doubled everything except the sugar? It's also fun...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-15-2009, 09:27 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By Mathzilla
Observation woes

This seems rather minor compared to teachers being assaulted and stuff, but I'm very frustrated!

First, my observation was scheduled for Tuesday. By Friday, I hadn't heard from the Principal, so...
Board: Math & Science 02-11-2009, 07:37 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Mathzilla

I'm probably too late to help, but here's what I do. I teach a MS math remediation that takes the place of their elective all quarter--Yahoo!

You do have to focus on skills, but I try to make the...

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