- All classes had a bumpy start with the first tests. Between "Summer Alzheimer's," reviewing loads of material from the previous course(s), and getting used to a new format of test that requires application of learning, not just memorization and regurgitation, many students were shocked by that first grade. It was expected, though, so we went over the tests together in class, collectively slapped our foreheads, and realized we know better. Students who took advantage of the retest option averaged a 15% improvement (two whole letters!) in grades.
- We are officially settled in and have found our stride. Most students have figured out that success demands a little more effort than they used to apply and have brought their grades up to mid- B's. We have a number of A's and climbing with each exam as more and more students recognize the benefits of retesting. Keep up the good work!
- Algebra 1's underclassmen are still on the learning curve, but handling their first brand-new material well. We finished work with exponents and are now in the midst of factoring polynomials. Ask anyone in Geometry or above... this stuff is critical!
- Algebra 2 continues to be one of the best groups of kids I have worked with in years. We plugged along through "the old stuff" and will jump into all-new concepts later this week. 1st period even earned brownies off me earlier than expected (fortunately for them, I am significantly dumber in the morning and make more mistakes, resulting in loads of "Brownie Points" for the class).
- Game Club is holding strong with about 12-15 regular attendees and sporadic visitors. We meet every Thursday in the library for games ranging from Risk and Jenga to Pandemic and Dungeons & Dragons. With fall activities dwindling, we expect to see more kids join the party!
Halfway through the first quarter, parent teacher conferences upon us, and I realize I haven't been updating the website because of how busy things are (not sure anyone is reading, though). So here's the short, short version:
"The worst thing about the zombie apocalypse will be pretending that I'm not excited."