Well, it seems that I am not a timely poster. Bummer. I'll add more posts to my list of things I need to do. But enough of me and my many short comings....here's what I've done in the past month:
I've totally changed the way I've been teaching and I'm doing it with ideas from all my favorite bloggers. Once I've figured out how to go back and find whose great ideas I'm using-I'll do it. I just searched all my favorite blogs for 30 mins and couldn't find my sources. BIG TIME SORRY!
So, first of all I started back in January with the daily quiz over 2 homework problems instead of warm up problems. Then I quickly collect them, hopefully hand them over to one of my wonderful MTAs (math teaching assistants-paid college students) or a co-teacher. The quizzes get graded, recorded, and handed back in the shortest possible time. What are my amazing students doing while this is happening? They are getting better at sharing homework answers/problems with their shoulder partners. Of course some of them aren't, but there are some who really are teaching someone who sits near them how to do the homework. The students get their quizzes handed back within the 10 minutes of the bell ringing, and I give a jolly rancher for good scores. Students then have 2 minutes to find someone to help them correct their quiz. I've collected the quizzes and I have a wonderful record of daily comprehension that I'll give to parents at this month's conferences. Since we use trend grading, I'll "hide" all of these grades when I've given the Unit Assessment in a few weeks. I'm feeling Thumbs Up about this whole approach to homework.
I'll get pictures of what we've been doing each day with homework completion and class preparation. I think it's been a great way of using fraction/decimal/percent conversion and rounding and class competition. (note to self: bring camera to school)