Thursday - October 9, 1997
Algebra I was almost fun today. I quickly went over their tests. As I
said yesterday, they did roughly as they had expected so there was very
few questions. I then launched into my lecture on graphing coordinate
points on a plane. This was very much review for the class so I just
skimmed through it. I then had the class do some board work and assigned
them the homework. The homework required graph paper, which I had
neglected to provide (mostly because I didn't know where Maureen hid it)
and this caused a minor stir. One of the students was whining particularly
long and I told her to "quit your bitching." This got quite a stir out
of the kids. I forgot that such language isn't used at all in high school.
Well, they never really did settle down after that. They are a pretty
good class, though, so I didn't try to stop the talking. I figured that
if they got out of hand, I would clamp down. Short of that, I decided to
just let them talk as they worked. I found out quite a bit of gossip
during those 20 minutes. They started talking about how good (and bad...
mostly bad) their teachers are. I almost told them to not talk about that
while I was around, but since I wasn't contributing to it, I let them
go. One of the good things I heard is that they (as a class) like me a lot
better then Maureen's last student teacher. Hrm. I don't know who
her last student teacher was so I can't comment on that.
In both Algebra I sections, I just went over the tests. As I expected,
it took all hour in both classes. I also collected their journal entries.
After reading their journal's I scrapped my plans to teach much on
Friday. More on that later...