I just found out I passed the Computer Science 8-12 teaching certificate test, so that was a great capper to the week. I'm not sure if we'll offer it next year due to a variety of reasons (budget cuts, small school, only put on the upper class-kid's choice sheets, so low enrollment,...), but maybe in the future we can offer it.
Also, we had professional development yesterday, and I went to 4 different math sessions that had good things to offer:
1. Found out the T^3 conference is in San Antonio next weekend. I've never been but am thinking of going. The PD presenter also mentioned some potentially good websites:
She also mentioned that there's this new feature on the calculators (don't know what operating system) where you can push 3 buttons at a time, and it disables the apps and such .... think TAKS test. It seems like an easier way than clearing ALL the memory and apps and then having to reload them. And then to get it back, you somehow link to another calculator and do something basic (forget what). It's called PRESS TO TEST, and you can probably google it and your calculator type to find out more.
2. The "Web 2.0 tools" talk showed some great websites as resources:
this is a "warehouse" of math related sites and on the far right of the table there are videos that explain their usage/power.
3. I went to a "using stations in high schools" talk that just may get me out of my "rut" of doing things the same way all the time.
4. I went to a foldables talk and got some more ideas.
Now off to grade some IED projects to enter for the 6 weeks grades.