I've got just three weeks to go until school starts back up. This has been, by far, my busiest summer of work. I have lots of things I want to do and am teaching two new courses. Here is where I am at currently on my to do list.Note: New items are marked with asterisks. Others have been adjusted or removed. Struck-through items are completed.
Access my school's pre-algebra text Outline what is covered in pre-algebra Make pre-algebra standards- Today I finished developing standards for all of the content in my 7th grade Pre-Algebra course. They are mostly in order too. They need to be proofread and simplified where possible. Also, last year I had a "Sample Problem" for each standard. I have not written those yet, but I may skip them for two reasons. First, I am not sure that very many students looked at or read the sample questions to help understand the standard. Second, I am trying to declutter the standards document as much as possible
- Collect tasks for pre-algebra course - Working on this
- Be a good husband - Some good, some bad. Mostly okay
- Develop 6th grade standards - I have been mostly focusing on 7th grade, this is my next big task. I got started this morning
- Plan "emergency absence" lessons - May happen as I collect tasks for 6th and 7th grade. If some tasks are appropriate, I will set them aside for this purpose
Add SBG information to email signature for parents- I wrote a letter to parents about standards-based grading. I think I am also going to make a screencast explaining how I track progress in google sheets since that sometimes causes confusion
- Read research on rational numbers - I have read less than I would like, but this IS happening
- Create 6th grade pencasts - This is looking more and more like it will not get done this summer unfortunately
- Develop ≥9 challenge problems - I think I have found enough problems but I am looking for a bit more variety. I have designed 5 of them and posted about 2.
- Class openers - Another item that is probably not going to get done
Investigated CMP3 videos- I got into the CMP3 web suite today and checked out these videos. Some are okay. A few are good. More are bland and boring. I think I can do a better job launching tasks on my own using #MTBoS's resources and youtube/google. Still, I will use a few of these where I can
- Plan a math coffee - No signs of a coffee happening, so this is getting postponed until I KNOW there is a coffee
Python program for emailing SBG progress Python program for printing advisees' effort grades
- *Make screencast touring my SBG documents
- *Make planning document that outlines lessons for the year - Another teacher is taking over my 5th grade course that I taught for 5 years. I wish I had a more organized document to hand over to them. So, as I plan/prep two new courses, I have a few new Google Docs that I am using to organize and track my lessons/planning. That will make it easier to share ideas here and help me (or future teachers) teaching my course