With only 20 school days left, the race to the finish is on! Don't panic, don't quit, just keep grinding it out until you hit Memorial Day! Here's how the classes are shaping up:
In Algebra, the daily sermon about doing your homework, checking your work (when you do it) and asking questions continues to fall on deaf ears. With so many resources available to students, there's only so much a teacher can do. Sometimes you can kick the horse into the water and he still won't drink.
Algebra II is the perfect bell-curve, with most kids at a solid C that can bump up to a B with the last two tests and final. While there's some who could better take advantage of their resources, we also have some who are busting their tails and should be very proud of their hard work (you know who you are!).
PreCalc has rounded the corner and is speeding down the home stretch. With our trigonometry unit behind us, kids are getting their groove back. Over half the class with As and Bs!
We have the full spectrum of students in my room and now we see what everyone is made of. The last few weeks it is so tempting to coast to the end, so just make each day "a normal day." Celebrate with weeks of Netflix binge-watching and Halo marathons after it's over.
Best of luck; I know you can do this!
"Hello students and parents! This semester in Mr. Sullivan’s classroom, I will be his personal apprentice. My name is McKenna McCreary and I am facilitating my student teaching from Black Hills State University in his Algebra, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus classes. I will be in the classroom for a total of sixteen weeks which will take us into the final weeks of April. This is my final field experience before I will be solely on my own. I have had field experiences in the 7th and 8th grade classrooms, so this will be a new adventure with high school and more difficult content.
Just a hop over the border, I grew up in Gillette, Wyoming. I went to Black Hills State University after graduating in 2013 where I am majoring in Math Education and minoring in History Education. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, and skiing. Currently I am learning how to snowboard so if you ever see someone wrecking down the slopes, that’s probably me!
I am excited to have this opportunity to teach in the Spearfish High School. For most of the semester, I will be “taking over the class”. If you have any questions at all, I am free before and after school. I also am available through email: email@example.com. Communication is key through this process so just contact me and let me know your comments, concerns, and questions.
Looking forward, we need to think about the end-game. Two more chapters, 4.5 weeks, and it's time for finals already! Please remember to look through the syllabus and website for any questions. The final for PreCalc is a whopping 20% of the semester grade (transitioning to college-thinking, remember), so students need to start planning ahead. All this math is also great review for the ACT, which many of our Juniors will be taking this winter/spring. As always, if you have questions, I'm more than willing to help!
So far, we have reviewed set notation, complex numbers, quadratics, radicals, three-variable systems, and probability/stats, all of which has been covered in Algebra 2 or even earlier. Our first test will be on Monday 9/12. As a reminder, students receive a review that looks just like the test, solutions for it are posted, and students are provided the "Holy Sheet" of notes for their exam. The students will also turn in all of their self-scored daily quizzes and chapter notes on test day. Those will then go into the gradebook as Ch00 Daily Quizzes (12.5% current grade), Ch00 Completion (12.5% current grade), Ch00 Test (75% current grade). Students have until Wednseday (9/14) afternoon to complete the test, then until Friday (9/16) to complete a retest if the have 80% completion or better for homework/notes.
Also, a bit of forewarning, I am being kidnapped by pirates 9/17 - 9/25, to join a pile of screaming kids on a floating petri dish (cruise). I will be unavailable for student assistance during this time and students will be utilizing video lessons to work through the second half of chapter one. I truly regret this and have been complaining for months about it, but my wife has repeatedly told me to shut up and enjoy it. She's right 99% of the time (shhhhh... I never admitted that), so a-sailing I will go. I apologize to students for being unavailable and hope everyone can grit their way through it.
Good luck to everyone on the upcoming test and the rest of the semester. I know you can do it!
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