I will have longer today to meet with students so I can introduce myself and this course. I will start by passing out a seating chart and asking students to sign their names as they are in their permanent seats with their permanent partner – at least for a week or two. I also plan to pass out the coarse syllabus this morning and discuss the important parts such as coarse topics, grading, homework, math binders to leave in class and folders for a data notebook, Edmodo.com use, and Better Lesson work. I want to explain their participation in the Better Lesson project and pass out permission forms.
Next, I want some information on my students. I will pass out index cards and ask students to answer the following questions:
Do you have internet access at home?_________________________________
What are your activities and hobbies?______________________________
How do you feel about math?_____________________________________
What is your favorite way to learn new ideas?_____________________
What leadership qualities do you possess?____________________________
I will pass out small bags with three items in them for each partnership to look through and choose one item each. Students must choose one item and then explain how that item describes something about him/her personally or academically. I will give students about 5 minutes to talk in partnerships and then use the other 5 minutes of class to share out with the entire group what was chosen and how it helps describe us personally or academically.