I really have been slacking on keeping this updated. It's been a whole quarter!
First off, classes are cruising. The first half of a math course is always reviewing and expanding upon skills and concepts we already know. The challenge for many students is getting used to the Sullivan grading system, where homework is a part of the learning process, not a scored assignment. Once kids understand just how many resources they are given, taking advantage of the notes, solutions, teacher availability, and retests, then we see kids live up to their potential at the higher standard. I am especially proud of the hard work many of our juniors have put in with Algebra II and PreCalc. That extra grit and determination (How many 1730 retests? Now make-up lessons at 1900 after track practice?) definitely shows in the grades!
The graph here shows grade distribution for my classes, and the increased maturity from Algebra to Algebra II to PreCalc is very evident.
Ms McCreary, our student teacher, has been rocking it since week one. She has been running all three classes for months now and is "the boss" for Algebra and Algebra II. With PreCalc hitting tougher material, I have taken that class back, to provide a more practiced hand and allow Ms McCreary to focus on more in-depth aspects of teaching (creating and evaluating assessments, scope-and-sequence of curriculum) to prepare for... *trumpets blaring* joining the Spearfish faculty as our new 8th grade math teacher for 2017-2018. A big congrats and official welcome to the newest member of the Spearfish team!
And, as always, the shameless plug for Game Club!
We have been having a blast every Thursday with theme nights like "World Domination Night," or "Monopoly Ruins Relationships Night." Our monthly Console Night remains the biggest event for kids. We will also be partnering with Dice-to-Mice for the pre-release of the new Magic: The Gathering's
Amonkeht block. Nerdy glory meets Egyptian Gods!