Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Distance and Midpoint Formulas

This year, I'm jumping on the bandwagon for Interactive Notebooks.  It's a process for me, but since my students don't have textbooks it works works great (so far).

Below are some pictures of my Distance and Midpoint Formula Foldable. I got this idea for the foldable from similar one I saw in a classroom last year.  However, in the one I saw it was all handwritten by the student and it was only the formula, definition and one example for each on the inside.  I added a visual representation as well as a second example.  I also like that the students don't have to write down the examples.

In the link above you will find just one page, all you have to do in order to use this in your classroom is print it on both sides of the paper.  Then, just cut the pages in half and you are ready to rock and roll. Feel free to use any descriptions or definitions you feel will work best for your students.

As always leave a comment with any thoughts or questions and any feed back if you use this (or something similar) in your classroom! 

Happy Tuesday!
-Ms. Smith

I'm back!

I know it's been awhile since I've last posted (let's be honest, it's been months), but I want to get back into the swing of things now that I finally have students again!

But I just wanted to give everyone a little background on my teaching situation so that they understand why some of the material that I'll be posting in geared toward a smaller class and may not work in every classroom.

I just entered my last year as a student!  In less than a year I'll have real classroom in my own and I can't wait!! As part of the program I'm in, I have to spend 30 weeks in a classroom by the end of the quarter.  To fulfill this requirement I teach Geometry to the local alternative school for an hour 4 days a week. Two of these days I teach the whole period myself, and the other two days I share teaching responsibilities with one of my classmates.

Like I mentioned this is an alternative school setting so for some reason or another the students in my class don't work well in a traditional classroom setting. This means that many of my lessons are focused hands on activities and group learning.  Sometimes I have to trick my students into learning by presenting practice problems in the form of games so that they can get repetition and practice.

This all being said, I'll be sure to start posting some resources and worksheets that I use.

If you have any questions about my teaching situations or have any advice for me, please leave a comment!  I would love to hear from you!