Friday - September 26, 1997
Yet another standard day. I went over solving inequalities in Algebra II
today. I'm not sure I did that good of a job, though. I totally forgot
about the chapter test they had just taken so I hadn't planned on going
over it with the class. A student reminded me of of it, though, so my
hand was forced. This ate up a good 15 minutes.
I tried something a little different during the "answers to the
homework" session. Instead of just reading off the answers, I had students
write their answers on the board. I've been finding lately that students
just don't like to ask questions in front of the class. So I will read
off the answers to homework, ask for questions, and get a total silence.
I know that there are questions (I find that out for sure grading their
quizzes) but nobody asks them. By forcing them to write out their
answers, I am able to get wrong answers out in the open.
With the chapter test and homework on board, though, I found myself
seriously strapped for time. I suppose I could have split the lecture
up into two days, but I wasn't sure if I could trust myself to do that
on the fly. These things take planning. So I rushed through my lecture
and finished only a few minutes before the bell rang. As a result, I am
quite sure that I confused the heck out of a couple students in the class.
We shall see on Monday...
Algebra I was a little better. I lectured on multiplying monomials.
I tried to get the class a little more involved by asking quite a few more
questions. I first had them read off their answers to the homework (and
worked a few out on the board, as a result). Then, while giving the
lecture, I made a point of asking as many questions as possible. When
I finished the lecture, I wanted to see if what I had said made sense to
them. So I had the class do the Classroom Exercises orally. With the
exception of a few minor arithmetic mistakes, they did very well on them.
I'm going to assume from that that they actually listened and learned from
my lecture! We'll see come quiz time on Monday...