#2: The second professional development I went to was about training people to score our NYS Math Assessment in April. This training was put on by BOCES. Very interesting changes coming on the rubrics. Hopefully in our student's favors! This is going to be a very difficult year with the shifts in the Common Core. Across the state they are projecting a 40% drop in test scores! UT OH!
#3 My Smarites finished up their Middle Ages Literature Circles books. One of my groups read Max and Me and the Time Machine. Have you ever read this novel? It is an "Oldie" but really good. It is about 2 boys who put together a time machine and travel back to the Middle Ages. The interesting part is that they are placed into the bodies of people in the Middle Ages and have to assume their roles within the kingdom. One of the boys actually becomes a horse, which add a lot of humor to the story. This book is great for your slower readers in middle school. It lays out a lot of protagonist/antagonist, good vs evil theme, setting etc.. When my group was finished, I had them complete a
DIDN'T DO poem from the perspective of the antagonist.
A DIDN'T Do poem basically is just formatted where the person decribes things he or she didn't get to do, and wished they had done, instead of what they actually accomplished. I use it at the beginning of the school year as well, to learn about my students and hear what they did over the summer. If you are interested in using it in your classroom, you can download it for FREE [HERE]
#4 My Smarties are finishing up our unit on RATES. Our Interactive Math Notebooks have really be a godsend for this unit. We have to remember how to divide decimals and reduce fractions, and all I have to do is refer to page numbers in the notebook, and the smarties can find the resources they need for work. I love that notebook.
#5: Big changes are going on at my school. We work on 3 man teams, teaching a two block ELA period and then 3 core classess, so I teach math and ELA. Our principal announced at our staff meeting that he will be mixing our teams up next year. Our building is in an uproar. I have worked with my team for years. It will be hard to leave them and work with someone else. He has not announced WHEN he will be telling us our new teams. I hope it is soon so that we can all adjust and move on! This is a great example of how March really can be a LION!
Stop by and visit Amy at Teaching in Blue Jeans. She is celebrating her 40th birthday with a few giveaways. I donated my Wacky Wordies Algebra Editon. There are giveaways for several grade levels. Great stuff to be had!