Holy moly what have I gotten myself into?! After talking to my math coach the other day, she suggested I "try this out" before the end of the year. This way I can get a feel for some of the what to do/what not to do before I spend my whole summer working on this.
With my 7th graders, I've been giving them a little "what to expect as an 8th grader lessons" since the NJASK, so I figure I'll try out writing the equation of a line in slope intercept form given the graph. We've gone through slope, intercepts, etc. so I figure this will be good. I wanted something they don't really know yet.
I couldn't wait to see how it would be to make a video so I started with that. I have an Elmo document camera and in my mind I picture my videos as my hand working the problem out as I talk. My principal really likes the I do, we do, you do model, so I am thinking my videos will be the "I do". I did it just like I would if I was in front of the class. How lovely not to have to stop for a million questions before I was done LOL!
My coach also warned me that since it is going to be a ton of work, I have to put perfection aside. UGH! It looks the way I imagined, but my voice sounds funny, it is pretty much BORING, (but to the point) and there are so many things I want to change. I actually brought my Elmo home with me and will be recording it again, but I know I can't do that with every lesson or I will never get anywhere!
Now I also have to figure out what I'm going to have them do in class besides review their WSQs. The stinky thing is that they are d-o-n-e, they even told me flat out today. We did a fun lesson from Mathalicious about Tyson Chandler and LeBron James and it was like miserable! I finally had to say "you know this is technically 6th grade work we are doing?" and it didn't faze them! Oh well. I am still excited about next year and flipping I'm just like them a little d-o-n-e with this school year!