Monday, September 28, 2009

Coming This Week

Cooler weather has definitely arrived, but hopefully we will get a few more days like Sunday to enjoy. I love the fall, it is my favorite season of the year. Hopefully all of you will get out and enjoy your last few nice days before winter arrives!

In Algebra this week we will take a test on Chapter 3 and begin Chapter 4. I am looking forward to Chapter 4 as it begins our study of Linear Functions. This is where the fun will begin in Algebra. Hopefully students have scraped off all of the cobwebs with our review.

In Math we will be spending the week learning about number properties (commutative, associative, etc.) Most of the week will be spent learning about the distributive property. This is one can be confusing, but by the end of the week all students will be distributing with ease.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Question of the Week

Each week I post a question of the week in my classroom. On Friday I draw a couple of correct answers for 3 extra credit points on a future test. Many students have asked that I post the question on my blog, so here goes.

Jillian visits her friend Doug and then returns home by the same route. She always walks 2km/h when going uphill, 6km/h when going downhill and 3km/h when on level ground. If her total walking time is 6 hours, then what is the total distance she walks in km?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Busy Week

This week is a week full of strange schedules. Tomorrow is an early dismissal for students meaning that all classes are 22 minutes long. Thursday and Friday are also different schedules due to the golf trips. Students need to keep in mind that they will not have the same classes before study hall on those days, so they may need to do their homework at home.

In algebra this week we will finish our chapter on equations and percents. This has been a fast chapter and all review for the students. They have come to eighth grade with a solid foundation, making my job easy so far! If at any time any student feels they could use a little more review of any given topic, they should see me. I have collected many resources over the years and I am sure to have something for them.

In math students got their first tests back. Overall, I was very pleased with the results. Hopefully they keep up the good work! We will continue in the integer chapter this week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A little overdue!

This has definitely been an exciting start to the school year. I have been so busy getting to know my students and planning for my classes that I have completely forgotten to update my blog!

So what have we been doing? In homebase, we went on our Irons Oaks field trip. My homebase had an awesome facilitator, (not me) so they had a very positive experience and great time. In homebase we have been getting to know each other. Most recently we watched the Black Eyed Peas' Flash Mob dance on Oprah. We thought it was so cool how they got thousands of people to come together and be a part of the performance. If you have not seen it you can find a video of it on YouTube.

In algebra we are sailing along. We are still reviewing, right now focusing on solving equations. Soon we will be into brand new material. (I can't wait, I love to teach them things they have never learned!)

In math students are taking their Chapter 1 test today. We will begin Chapter 2, Integers, tomorrow. They don't know it yet, but this will be a chapter without calculators. (Ut-oh) It really is necessary to assess their understand of operations with positive and negative numbers.

Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions as the year progresses!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Back into the swing of things

It is so nice to be back into the swing of things at school. I have really enjoyed meeting all of the students and think I have their names down now:)

This is the first school year that I am starting with the Mimio board in my classroom. So far it has been a great tool, especially for going over homework. I can now put the problems and answers on the board so that all students can check their work everyday. This should be helpful for students because they should know everyday how they are doing based on how they did with their homework. (Hopefully they will become more comfortable asking about problems they do not fully understand!)