Monday - October 6, 1997
Today was another slow day. In Algebra II, I had them split up into groups
to work on their inequality word problems. I've noticed (and one student
even mentioned) that I often assume that the students know quite a bit
when I'm explaining how word problems work. Having other students explain
the problem to them, though, seems to work fairly well. I'm going to explore
integrating more co-operative learning in this class. We'll see how it
There is a chapter test in Algebra I tomorrow, so I had both classes
work on a worksheet I made up as well as the chapter review in the book.
Both classes worked studiously away on both projects. 5th hour even had
a number of questions! Maybe they are actually improving. We'll see
on the test! I've briefly considered doing a co-operative learning
situation in Algebra I, also... but I only need think of 5th hour to
squash that idea! Given the chance to talk, 5th hour would probably
riot. That's too bad, since I think quite a few kids in both classes
could benefit from it.