Sunday, November 15, 2015

Welcome Back!

It has been a long time since I wrote a post. School started several weeks ago, evidenced by the fact we just finished our first marking period. Thursday was our conference day, followed by a much needed compensation day. We condensed our conference scheduled from nine hours to six. It was like having drive-thru conferences. I still invited students to lead the conference using the outline I have used for several years. This was crazy, fast paced. I saw parents of twenty-four of my twenty-five students during a ten minute conference scheduled twelve minutes apart. This included my new student, that I had for one week before the end of the marking period. I had also already met with them during a meeting two days earlier for a temporary placement. About half of my students came, with some staying home or watching younger siblings in the hall.

A common theme during the conferences was how much the parents are struggling to grasp the "new" math presented in our patched together math program using Engage New York. We are going to look at some other programs, to see if we cannot find something that is student, parent, teacher, and budget friendly. I would love to know what math program you are using in your district to meet the rigorous demands required by high stakes testing, and whether you use Common Core.

I have other things to share, and hope to get back to blogging more regularly. As I try to find ways to work smarter, not harder. Until next time...
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