5 Random Thoughts

I often post teaching ideas and the like, but this was originally created as a place for my reflection and professional development.  In the spirit of professional development, I thought I’d post some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately.

I need a change for next school year.  I love teaching Geometry (honors and/or on-level); it’s my favorite prep ever.  I’m ambivalent about Algebra 2 Honors.  I love honors level sophomores, but I’m getting tired of it.  I don’t know if I want to request a new prep, move to a new school, or move to middle school.  I’m still trying to work and grow as a teacher, but I’m getting bored where I am.  I’ve been making special requests for middle school teachers to see if I like the curriculum.  We’ll just have to see where I end up!

I joined Tsu.  It’s a new social network that looks like Facebook.  They say you get paid to share and interact with others.  You get 1 cent for every share your posts get.  I’ll be real, I’m not going to make any money on this site.  However, I do like that it doesn’t have any ads.  Lately, my Facebook looks like a huge commercial.  It’s nice to look at Tsu where I only see posts from people I’m friends with or following.  Right now, you can only get in with an invite.  So, here’s my link if you want to see what it’s about!  My short code is: mrs_e_teaches_math 

I’m starting to notice maturity in some of my freshmen.  It seems like it’s been all of the sudden over the past two weeks.  A freshman boy emailed me last night to let me know that was going to miss a test on Thursday (as he should have), BUT he also listed three alternate times that he could take the test.  I’ve been trying to teach my kids that they need to solve their own problems.  This is a big step for a 14 year old boy.  Yay!  I’ve also had more kids take advantage of homework time during class.  They’re finally starting to see that working now means less homework later.  Maturity!

In Honors Geometry, we expect that students remember the geometry they learned in middle school.  My kids remember the Pythagorean Theorem, but they don’t remember that it only works for right triangles.  I haven’t encountered this in previous years.  Interesting, I wonder what changed.

I have a few kids that just aren’t studying at all in Geometry Honors.  It’s driving me nuts!  We finishing our Quadrilaterals unit.  I’m sorry, but if you’re not going to study the properties of a parallelogram, there’s not a lot I can do for you.  I don’t know how to fix this.

Case in point:
Student:  Can I do corrections on my quiz to get points back?
Me:  This is honors.  We don’t do test corrections.  Have you been doing your homework?
Student:  No.  I just have homework every night and don’t want to do it.
Me: (Seriously, kid?  I only give homework 3 nights a week and this is an HONORS class.)  Maybe you should try that.  
**Not 5 minutes later**
Student:  Will you help me with this?  I don’t get it.
It was a diagram with a parallelogram and missing angles.
Me:  What is confusing you?  This is a PARALLELogram.
Student:  That doesn’t help me.
Me:  Where are your notes?  Let’s look it up.
Student:  I threw them away.
Me:  You may want to copy them from a friend.  What do you know about the sides in a PARALLELogram?
Student:  I’ll just have my tutor do this with me.


  1. #5 = Learned Helplessness

    1. I know! What kills me is that *I* am the one that makes the test, *I* am the one that grades the test, so wouldn't you want *me* to help you?? It's definitely something we're working on!


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