Saturday, May 03, 2014


Why are all these teenagers acting like ..... teenagers?! How old ARE you anyway? Behave and fly right!

Excuse me while I detox:

Our principal some time earlier in the year did away with bells for whatever reason. You were still required to show up to class on time, but you had to rely on yourself and your handy dandy watch/clock/cell phone. I let a ton of things slide in general (lie, but ...), but one thing I do not like is kids sauntering to class late. They started being 15 seconds late, then maybe a minute, then consistently 3 or so minutes. It got to be too much. So I instituted a "be in the room or get a demerit" policy last week. I hate giving demerits. Boo on being the bad guy. I know it's ultimately good for them, and I know I have to be consistent, and I know I still have a grumpy knot in my stomach for the about a bazillion demerits I have given out in the last several days. Kids have started coming to class on time. Shocker. I still have a grumpy teen that is consistently late. Yay! Have her for 2 classes. Twice the demerit fun.

AP Calculus Exam Studying. Hmmmmm. I think a good chunk of the kids are studying the way I think they should be studying. The rest are being, well, teens. I have carved out time in class to do released exams and have them discuss things. In my mind that's going to help the most. We will see in July when the scores come out.

AP Exams start this week. So do EOCs. And thus, so do tons of kids being gone from class in a sporadic fashion. Yay for being flexible and being able to roll with it. Or at least putting on my game face.

Good things: 

My CS class and I are going on a field trip to an apparently well-known local game developing business. We have spent some time playing their games and researching them and creating questions for the field trip.

The NHS group of kids I co-sponsor have done an amazing job this year with doing service and getting fund-raising ideas and actively participating.

My precal students are just a hoot, and even the not-so-strong-mathematically students are a treat to talk with.

Ice Cream.


  1. Anonymous4:03 PM

    Hi! I just found your blog and am loving it so far. I am in the process of becoming a math teacher so this blog has been very helpful. Out of curiosity: what are you having your AP students do for the remainder of the year since the exam is over? Are you planning on going a bit further into the calc sequence for those going on to take more calc in college? Thanks!

  2. Hello! I have hit and miss attendance after the AP exam since students are taking other exams and also some are gone for a week during internships. So I just do various daily topics of calculus that intrigue me and are accessible to kids: double integrals, sonic boom, arc length, etc. Good luck on your studies.