This is the first year my family hasn't been able to physically be in the same place. My kids are grown and it's just getting harder and harder to balance our schedules. Usually we've gathered at my house...but with the financial markets such as they are and my oldest daughter's research such as it is...well, I needed to go to them. My youngest is transitioning to grad school so he's still flexible and my 86-year-old mother is still able to travel.http://www.skype.com/welcomeback/
I had a blast with students today when we examined the difficulties of selling airplane seats. Many of them will be traveling for the holidays and I thought the topic worked in perfectly with our probability unit.
Sat with my math kids today and did an item analysis of their Review Test. We went through each question and marked in a spreadsheet whether they had gotten the question correctly or not. Then we categorized the question using the targeted skill.
Armed with that information, kids then went through their spreadsheets and highlighted the top three skills they still needed practice on. It helped them realize that missing question was more than missing a "point" on the quiz. It means that they don't understand something well enough to do that skill independently. Too often, I think they are more like the character in the cartoon if their grade still looks good to them. I want more for them. I want to help transform them into learners.
Now the fun begins!!!!
I wish I knew enough on how to reteach the 9 skills that were represented in small groups. But I'm not that talented. But I think I will be able to pull more instructional kinds of activities they can do with each other in small groups to improve their skills. I suppose it would be even more beneficial if I knew if they were stuck conceptually or procedurally, but I don't know that at this point.
I will also plan some kind of enrichment activities for all those who don't need more practice.
If anyone does this in a way that makes more sense, I'd love to know how they do it. I'm particularly interested in the classroom management piece of it. I am already here before and after school tutoring kids and doing homework help, so there isn't much outside of the school day time.
It's been so long since I've felt like I have had time to stop and reflect by writing here in my blog. Since I've been home sick with the stomach flu, I've had time to just lay in my bed and think about things.