First Day Plans for 2nd Semester

My school have classes go by semesters so all the students’ schedules switch after winter break. I will have some of my same students but many, if not most, will be different. Maybe it’s stupid to spend a week again on beginning of the year stuff, but I want to build the same kinds of relationships that I did first semester, and I attribute those to how I spent my first week. However, I have to change things up a bit since some of my students will have already had me.

This semester will be pretty much all geometry in Math 2. We will start with parallel/perpendicular lines and angle properties, then similarity, surface area/volume, right triangle trig, and end with circles. I need to figure out a way to get $125 to buy the Kuta Geometry software…who knows of a good grant?!

My goals for this week are to invoke curiosity and create a classroom culture that includes working together and making mistakes

Every day I will:

  1. Have all students make/use Name Tents (last semester these were amazing, you should really do this if you haven’t yet)
  2. Show a video from Jo Boaler’s Week of Inspirational Math

Day 1: Main theme – Work Together

  1. Find Someone Who… .docx File Here
  2. Personality Coordinates Ice Breaker, then whole class like the last featured comment here
  3. HW – All About Me worksheet .doc File Here that I modified from my old math coach Kelly @andsoonandsoon

Day 2: Main Theme – Make mistakes (and also work together)

  1. Give them syllabus and have students that had me last semester talk about procedures
  2. Advice from first semester
  3. Sara’s How Grand Is Your Total?
  4. HW – Signed syllabus, Mathematics is… and Mathematicians do… (did this first semester, pretty informally, and liked being able to talk about the results)

Day 3: Main Theme – Curiosity, but honestly also getting some administrative stuff out of the way

  1. Website quest w/student survey and Desmos Activity, probably Central Park, because of the solving equations, or Penny Circle, because of the proportions.
  2. HW – Signed syllabus, Solving Linear Equations Algebra by Example (reviewing because they’ll need to do this in the first unit)

Day 4: Main Theme – Curiosity, working together, making mistakes

  1. Get to Know Ms. Walczak w/Plickers – gotta change up my questions from first semester, but probably will still keep some just to keep my students who already had me on their toes
  2. Talk about Mathematics HW answers – discuss what I received and come to a class consensus about what mathematics is and what mathematics do
  3. Beagle and Escalator videos from Sara, because the new kids will be super confused about why my previous students and I keep talking about them
  4. Week of Inspirational Math Paper Folding OR some other puzzle I’m not sure of yet
  5. HW – Signed syllabus, More Solving Linear Equations Algebra by Example

Day 5: Main Theme – Cry

  1. Pre-Course Test blegh

If any class ends early I’ll tempt them with Petals Around the Rose. I feel like I’ve overplanned each day, though, so I doubt that will happen. I am least happy with my Day 4 Plans. I’ll probably change my mind about everything before school starts back up again, but this is the most planned I’ve ever felt for first days.

Edit 12/27: I’m not going to do any of the homework assignments for homework anymore. I have decided to try no homework this semester. I’ll leave those HW assignments in the post, but now I’ll only do the signed syllabus for HW and the rest will be done in class, like during their survey or exit slip name tents. 

J’aime bien soyait organisée à l’avance!

My Room

Well I’m a few weeks late (lol that’s funny – I almost posted this just a few weeks late) in doing this, but better late than never. I’ll admit, the desks were in rows for the first few weeks. I had struggled in finding a way to fit 24 in groups with the types of desks that I have and had resorted to rows, but then my principal came along and mentioned some ideas and now we have this. These pictures were taken a few weeks into the school year.

**Disclaimer: At the current time many posters have fallen off the wall and I haven’t found the time to put them back up. I also have a huge pile of stuff (styrofoam cups, Barbie dolls, extra supplies, a calendar poster) that is behind my desk and have put some stuff up on that bulletin board but I have a lot more to put up. I keep saying it will happen this week and then all of a sudden it’s Friday and I’m leaving…

 As you can see, many posters from Math = Love. That is an LCD monitor on the wall. There used to be a projector but I guess they replaced them all recently with the monitors. Some days I hate it, some days I love it. Almost every day I am missing my interactive white board, though.
  I am incapable of writing in a straight line. And the bottom clock has been replaced by a digital clock. Neither clock worked, and they tried to give me multiple analog clocks but they wouldn’t stay in time or work for more than a day. My room was cursed. So now I have a digital clock that you can’t see unless you’re at a certain angle, but at least it tells time.

   Each desk has its own white board and one desk out of four has a box of markers and rags/erasers. I don’t really know if this is the best way – they get kicked out of those holders all the time and put back in the wrong desk (as you can see from the empty one at the bottom). Still trying to figure that out, but we use them fairly often and I thought this was better than handing them out each time. I may just make a pile somewhere on the side of the room if I get too annoyed.

Outside windows

My room looks out to the only entrance into the school parking lot and is also one of two rooms you can see when you’re coming down the street from the north. So I had to add my flair of school spirit. I also thought that they were blue lights when I found them in my parent’s basement, which would go well with the school colors, but they’re actually teal, which just looks green. But that’s ok.

Je survis maintenant, mais j’espère que, un jour, je vais avoir un peu de temps libre.