Holy moly is it cold out there! After some chilly weather to start back to school, we had a lovely warmup with highs on Wednesday in the 60s. Then a cold front moved in again and we're back under freezing. BRRR!!! I am ready for spring to show up! :) Seriously though, if it's going to be this cold, it really needs to snow - at least then, I have a chance at a snow day :) Thankfully we have a long weekend, so I plan to stay wrapped up in blankets, working on lessons and reading.
This week had a few down points, but overall it was a good week.... now it's time for a look back at my favorite things from this week:
My Favorite Learning Strategy:
My Favorite Lesson of the Week:
In high school, I adored my Geometry (and later Calculus) teacher and she is a huge reason why I ended up as a math teacher. However, I remember NOT caring for proofs, at least at first! Before we could ever use a theorem, we had to prove it, so our notebooks were full of proofs. Once I understood them, proofs became one of my favorite things and I still love them. Over Winter Break, when I was working on how to introduce proof, I tweeted out a request for ideas and my former high school Geometry teacher was one of the responses I received. Because of all of the great advice from the #MTBoS on proofs, it's been a fabulous week of logical thinking puzzles, vocabulary practice, flow proofs, and two column proofs. The best part is that the kids are ROCKING it! I'm so proud of them! :) The picture above is a couple of proofs from Mrs. Newell's Triangle Congruence materials - have I said lately how much I *love* my dry erase sleeves? :)
My Favorite Question of the Week:
Do you ever have a situation where your favorite thing isn't because it was really good, but because you learned a lot from it? That's the situation with my favorite question this week.
My Favorite Student Response of the Week:
The one that made me smile came first. I have started Test Prep Thursdays in Geometry with 2 practice ACT problems. I loved the student drawing with "Not to Scale" written next to it. :) :) :)
Today, the Daily Reflection Prompt was about #OneGoodThing and this student response helped me put things in perspective. "Something good that happened to me this week is I'm alive. We don't own our lives so it's a blessing that I receive which money can't buy."
That response was truly a *mic drop* moment... leave it to a 16 year old to say something so profound, that truly makes you step back, take a deep breath, and count your blessings.
People say I'm crazy for working with teenagers all day long. I say I'd be crazy not to! My students make me smile and laugh, get frustrated and cry, and everything in between. But ultimately, my students make me want to be a better person and a better teacher - and that, folks, is what it's all about.
Have a blessed weekend!