For the 7 years that I have been teaching, I have been a lecture-based teacher. I’ll admit, I think I’m the funniest person I know, so I toss in a bit of humor and I figure it can’t be that bad. Students come in to hang out during their lunches and off periods, so I know I can’t be that despised. But when I think about what students remember from my class, I’m pretty sure it has nothing to do with Geometry and everything to do with my dry wit and eclectic musical taste. Not quite what I’m going for.
This year Geometry is getting a head-to-toe makeover. Homework is going to be on the honor system (I’ll update you on the success/failure of this endeavor as the year progresses). Notes which I used to type up in LaTeX, turn into interactive whiteboard flipcharts, and hand out to the students are a thing of the past. Students are going to create their own booklets with definitions, theorems, and key facts. Theorems are first going to be learned through hands-on exploration, and then by doing proofs. Concrete first, abstract second. I’m stealing ideas from great teachers across the web (thank you edubloggers) and trying to piecewise-function my own lessons from them.
Productive item of the day: my syllabus. The best part of my syllabus is the last page where I explain the grading scale and what competency means.
Productive item of yesterday: putting faces on my office supplies.