i want to make some quality ece, middle and high school teacher-friends in my district. i want to be have a deep understanding of where my students are going and where they’ve been. more specifically, i want to know from algebra 1 teachers and my personal favorite, geometry teachers, what conceptual understanding students struggle with. i know that some districts have great ways of inter-gradegrouping communication and i know that many don’t. i guess i’m curious about why teachers and administrators aren’t all meeting to map the road and to check in at pit-stops. so, in the meantime, current middle school / high school math teachers – apologies if i bore you tears with my question, i just really, really want my students to understand that algebra, geometry and trigonometry are about using some basic tools to address some complex problems. i need to make sure my students have spatial awareness and understand what area means, what ‘equals’ means and how to conceptualize problem solving.
i’m currently in the process of producing two math videos, but i’m also considering doing a little youtube series on elementary math topics. i just get the sense that they’ll be really boring and i’m not quite sure how to make them interesting and applicable without jazzing them up. at the end of the day, youtube can be a good tool for kids with reliable internet access and a family or personal computer at home. what about for kids that don’t have internet access, how can they get some fun supplementary or even boring but helpful supplementary math education? aside from the after school math club i want to start i’m really out of ideas. never give up though, never surrender – i’ll think of something.
lastly, i swear i care about subjects other than math. i want my students to read and write like pros. i want them to use the scientific method, i want them to write fluently and beautifully. i do care about all of that. i just care about math the most. i’m just writing that down to remind myself.
my brain is a winding road today, sheesh!