May has to be the toughest month of the year. Warmer weather hits, senioritis kicks in, student absences skyrocket, and motivation is at an all-time low. We still have 3 weeks left to go, but as long as I can make it through this weekend, I'm good! We have a "Super STAT-urday" planned for tomorrow with review sessions and our last Mock exam, then comes the whirlwind of Mother's Day! Somewhere along that path, I need to find the time to plan lessons, grade AP Review packets, write a quiz, pack goodie bags, and hopefully get some sleep :)
But before that can happen, let's recap the good things that happened this week! :)
My Favorite Teacher Appreciation Gift:
But my absolute favorite gift came today from one of my Geometry students. I was standing at the door giving High Fives when she comes up to give me a piece of candy. I thanked her, but she was still digging in her bag. When she looked up again, she handed me this beautiful ladybug necklace charm. Sadly I didn't have on a necklace today, but it quickly found a home on my lanyard! The best part is that she has a matching charm and I had commented on it last week, not knowing that she had one for me too! :)
My Favorite Review Techniques:
However, this year, I might have stumbled on something I really like....
Each day, they start class with a "Skills Check", which is a quarter sized sheet of paper with quick must-knows. From there, we briefly talk about our AP Tip of the Day, then one of the groups presents their "One Sheet", which is a big poster sized "cheat sheet" of one of the AP Topics. For the last 40 minutes or so of class, the students work on a Free Response packet of 4 questions from that day's topic. Their goal is to do as much as possible, trying to maximize their time / score. Each day these papers are turned in, I read and respond to every single one, and then type up a commentary of common errors, tips, hints and condensed solutions. The bad part is the intense amount of grading, but I figure I can do anything for one week, right? I am really hopeful that this strategy will pay off next week!!!
My Favorite Go-To Activity:
In Geometry, we worked this week on angles and segments in circles. In the past, students have struggled a lot on this because the diagrams look a lot alike. Our notes for these sections were more "graphic organizer" style than I usually do, but it really seemed to help the students make connections.
Today, it was time to mix them up! I was worried that I wouldn't have time to create a Question Stack, but then it was KUTA to the rescue! With the help of the "Snipping Tool" (which is definitely a "My Favorite"), I quickly put together a 12 question loop for today's practice. I love that students who won't do a worksheet of 12 problems will immediately be engaged when presented the same problems as an activity such as this... :)
What were your favorite moments of the week?
Until next time... Happy Friday!!! :)