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Oct. 5th, 2012 | 12:17 pm
location: US, Wisconsin, Madison, Dane, N Paterson St, 323

I'm honestly not sure how things are going teaching-wise. I know that there are some students who're enjoying the class, and being challenged by it, but there are also some who don't seem very engaged.

One thing I've been doing is setting a short online quiz on each section, which has to be taken before the class in which we cover the material. This means the students are doing the required reading, which is great, but they don't like it much! I also notice a difference in the depth of questions on the days when they've had to do a quiz before class - and the quiz questions that stumped them are a good focus for discussion. I've been a bit stunned about how difficult they find reading a few pages in the textbook and answering questions on it. Don't they teach comprehension in schools anymore?

I bought a short handbook on teaching geometry, which has an example of a complex instruction-type task: drawing a bunch of quadrilaterals, then joining the midpoint of each side, and working out a conjecture about the shape of the resulting quadrilateral. We started this on Monday, and the reports are due in today - I'm interested to see what the come up with.

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from: schedule5
date: Oct. 5th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)

Simple comprehension of written texts eludes, completely, almost my entire primary school class. I'm not kidding. It's obviously a global phenomenon then :(.

Glad that at least some of your class are engaged. This teaching lark, it's bloody hard!

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