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Get Fit September

This week:

*I went to PE 0 times this week. One day was a holiday, one day was a minimum day (I don’t plan to go on minimum days), two days I ended up subbing in another class for my prep period, and one day I was supposed to have my pre-eval meeting, so I didn’t bring my clothes that day.

Boo.

*I have mostly kept up with the 30-day forearm plank and easy push-up challenges. (I missed one day for the forearm plank when my grandma passed away.)  I’m up to 90 seconds for the forearm plank, and I’m up to 9 push-ups.

*For sugar-free September, I messed up with the fortune cookie.  Other than that, though, I’m good.

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Also, any day now, students can stop being added and dropped from my classes… that would be great.

ambedu:

Agreed! My seating charts have so many scribbles and cross outs on them. It’s awful!

I have always wondered why so many schedule changes have to happen after school starts. What makes it so difficult to place kids so that classes are leveled and ready to go before the first day of school?

(Source: math-girl)

Filed under education i don't envy the counselors who are in charge of student scheduling at my school they are awesome I am just curious why

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This is why you shouldn’t get up and go to the bathroom during church:  your sister and brother-in-law take the iPad you were using to read the Holy Word of God and use it to take an awkward selfie that they leave for you to discover on your own…which happens to be in the middle of the service when you accidentally press the button to ask Siri something and when you hurry to shut her face up, you accidentally press something else that makes said awkward picture come up in the middle of the sermon.

They’re lucky that tonight’s sermon was about grace… =)

This is why you shouldn’t get up and go to the bathroom during church: your sister and brother-in-law take the iPad you were using to read the Holy Word of God and use it to take an awkward selfie that they leave for you to discover on your own…which happens to be in the middle of the service when you accidentally press the button to ask Siri something and when you hurry to shut her face up, you accidentally press something else that makes said awkward picture come up in the middle of the sermon.

They’re lucky that tonight’s sermon was about grace… =)

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How do you check work?

coloursinaflower:

teejay82:

I give my students practice math problems in class. Whatever they don’t finish is homework. Students have an answer key for the problems, or I give them the answers in class.

I don’t give a grade for accuracy; I just check whether it’s complete or not (all problems attempted). I check off the…

These are just some thoughts off the top of my head. Do you need to check the work every night? If you are just checking to see if it is done, and the purpose of the work is extra practice, perhaps each class could have a hand in day, so you would have 30 books to mark each night. And if you are not actually checking accuracy, but only checking to see if they are not, it would not take very long. If they are supposed to do 5 pages in 5 days, that would allow them to do the work and catch up anything missed over the 5 days. 

I am curious though as to why you are only checking for completion. Is the purpose of the workbook only for extra practice? What if the student is practicing incorrectly, and thereby consolidating misconceptions? Do they check their own answers and then if they aren’t getting it, do they come to you later? Not criticizing, just curious as to the process.

Thanks for the suggestion, coloursinaflower!  =)  I would also need to check their notes, so I will see if I can figure out a way to make that work.

I check for completion as far as the grade is concerned.  I don’t want to make their grade go lower on practice material if they didn’t get it right.  If they attempted all the problems (7-10 problems), they get full credit.

I ask the students to self-monitor their learning by checking their own answers.  I tell them that if they are getting them right and can show the process, they’re on the right track.  If they are getting them wrong, it’s a clue that they need extra help and should come to tutoring.

The kids take a 5 question mini-quiz for each lesson (skill).  If they get a problem wrong, I write a quick word on what they did wrong.  If I notice that a majority of the class is making the same error, then I address the whole class and do a quick reteach the next day.  They are allowed to retake quizzes as many times as needed in order to pass.

My problem is that it doesn’t feel like there’s enough time to get around to everyone and give them what they need during class.  I’m trying to start doing small groups/station rotations so that I can target kids in smaller groups and hopefully hold them more accountable/check their work as they go, but I haven’t been able to work that out well yet.  Everything is a work in progress.

I appreciate you bringing up those questions, though.  I do think that I need to spend a little more time reviewing the practice problems with the students.  I have some that check the answers on their own, but I’m sure that many do not.  I also need to provide more time for them to ask questions.  I just have to figure out a balance of time that works.

Thanks again for the input!

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How do you check work?

I give my students practice math problems in class. Whatever they don’t finish is homework. Students have an answer key for the problems, or I give them the answers in class.

I don’t give a grade for accuracy; I just check whether it’s complete or not (all problems attempted). I check off the work just to give kids incentive to do the practice (because if it doesn’t count for a grade, they won’t do it).

We got new textbooks this year that function as workbooks, however, and I am finding that it takes a long time to get around the room to check off work. (I have 5 periods of 25-30 students each; our class periods are 58 minutes long.)

Throw in the fact that we’re required to give kids a chance to turn in late work, and practice work checks take waaaaaaay too long.

I don’t really want kids to tear pages out of their book to turn in if they are making up missing work, but I’m not sure I see another way (except for them to come to tutoring to show it to me). The books are too big for me to carry a bunch home for grading, so I don’t think collecting books are an option, either.

Any suggestions, #education? I’d appreciate it!

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Happy graduation day, Grandma! We will miss you, but we are thankful that there’s no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more fear for you. Best of all, you get to run with Jesus…and from what I know of Him, that must be pretty sweet. =) We love you!

Happy graduation day, Grandma! We will miss you, but we are thankful that there’s no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more fear for you. Best of all, you get to run with Jesus…and from what I know of Him, that must be pretty sweet. =) We love you!

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Get Fit September

This week:

*I went to PE everyday—4 times this week. However, two times I got called to sub in a different class for about 15 minutes, so I missed the warmup exercises. The last two days weren’t very exercise-filled: one was just practicing lining up for basketball, and the other was basketball rotations, but my group only rotated in once…and we lost the point, so we were out again.

During the first two days of PE, I did the 20 minute jog/walk (I got 6 laps in, which is just under a mile and a half) and core stations (rotations of jumping jacks, push-up planks, boat, six-inch leg lifts, forearm planks, and the one where you look like you’re sitting on an invisible chair against the wall). The first two days were good exercise days.

*I have kept up with the 30-day forearm plank and easy push-up challenges. I’m up to 45 seconds for the forearm plank, and my 6 push-ups, though small in number, look a little better than they used to.

*I haven’t had any refined sugar this week for sugar free September. It’s not so bad…but I probably need to do “portion-control September” or “reduced fat September” instead… =)

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markct:

Week of September 2-5. The first day was just a welcome back sign so there are only 3 this week.

Love this idea. Makes me want to do it in my classroom.