Gregory Pettigrew (etherial) wrote,
Gregory Pettigrew

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The Community

I found it amusing that the Superintedent of Schools, in her introductory speech in the All-schools speech on Tuesday said that we worked in a "genteel" community. Normally the word isn't very silly, but the town has a VERY high Jewish population, so high that we get 2 days off for Rosh Hashanah this year.

Now, I'm writing in my livejournal at this exact moment because I have the day off. I found it kind of odd to have 2 days of school followed by 4 days of long weekend, but I can't really complain. I just have to make sure I write those worksheets up.

Educationally speaking, I have an odd job. I have to identify where a student needs extra help or understanding, and give it to them. Naturally, I don't have any data for this, but the 7th & 8th graders just took an Asessment, so I should have some data on Tuesday. I had to simply ask what was on the asessment that they had trouble with, and so they said fractions.

Perfect. I know how to teach fractions. I have a book that's obsessed with fractions. So yesterday we were adding fractions. When I see Group 21 next, I want to see what they remember of it. Worksheet #1 will just ask them to show me that they know the steps in adding fractions:

1. Denominator Strategy (are they the same? do you have to change one? do you have to change 2?)
2. Denominator Conversion (I haven't told them yet that they're multiplying fractions here. I can't wait to tell them.)
3. Numerator Addition (y'all know what this is)
4. Simplification (Right now, they check by prime factors. I'm not sure if I *want* to teach them to check if the numerator is a factor of the denominator.)

Worksheet #2 will try to sneak in things like adding 3 fractions at once, subtracting fractions, and such.

This reminds me, before I begin my Crusade to rename "Improper Fractions," can anyone give me suggestions for a better term? The best one I've come up with so far is "topheavy."

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