After some thought I’ve decided to do quiz corrections during 5th period tomorrow instead of teaching something new. Someone told me about setting up groups of same ability level instead of putting higher abilities with lower abilities. This will prevent that one student who is doing better than the others from dominating or getting bored. I was debating creating groups based on the questions they got wrong and student attitudes/participation.
Depending on how well that goes during 5th period I may do the same in 7th period also. However two students did receive A’s in 7th period, so hopefully I can use them to go around and help their peers (or should I put them in a group…?). Unfortunately, both of those students are extremely quiet and might not want to do that so we’ll just have to see.
During 8th period (honors) we will move on and quiz corrections will be an optional out of class assignment. I will start the “unit” on estimation. As I explained this is mainly teaching students how to handle standardized test questions that look like this: Estimate 824,123 x 124 = 800,00 x 100. As suggested I think I will research some population facts/number figures about Philadelphia, our school, iPhone/texting, sneakers, etc. That will lead to basic estimation and then we will move onto operations with estimation.
One way I am going try to bring grades up for those failing students is a lot more practice. Since students tend to not do H.W. at my school I need to figure out a way to incorporate more practice into the classroom. I thought I was doing this but apparently not enough. I am also going to look into some puzzle/joke worksheets, although they are corny maybe students are more likely to do those then just a bunch of random problems and word problems. I found this which I prefer over something like this and then Wednesday (or Thursday) we will do the Pi/Circumference Project which will lead us into our next “unit” of area/perimeter/circumference (yes, thank you test prep book for making that one little section – oy).