As I get a moment to sit down and collect my thoughts, I am thankful to be sitting in my classroom with a few students that are dedicated to making up missing work. I am totally exhausted from all events that have come before me. However, I am here finally jotting a few words. Knowing that this year is almost over, I have to get back into the swing of things in sharing and reflecting on my interactions and activities from the week. I am especially thankful for writing this blog post on a Microsoft Surface. My experience with this device has been refreshing. I am also thankful for going to some awesome professional development for the past few weeks. But most of all, I am thankful for a beautiful life, beautiful family, and beautiful friends. God bless…
This semester, I plan to do a few things differently. One thing I plan to do is to use these two greek letters Phi & Psi in my class activities.
Ψ (Psi) = date (ie. 23)
Φ (Phi) = student’s seat number
This would all students to see relationships of numbers and also bring authenticity to student work. I will later give examples and share my students’ artifacts.
We are still having PowerSchool woes. It is very unfortunate that Pearson doesn’t have a PLAN B for system to handle server or database issues. Whatever happened to if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it with the other eSIS system?
North Carolina officials are trying to get a refund from Pearson because of flaws in the data system that Pearson is running for the state.
Pearson is charging the state $7.1 million for its information system but it doesn’t work.
Here are some of the problems with Pearson’s PowerSchool:
CMS POWERSCHOOL WOES
At the Observer’s request, CMS produced a summary of ongoing problems with PowerSchool.
• Transcripts: Cannot produce transcripts for mid-year graduates. System maintenance has wiped out some data for other students.
• Athletic eligibility: PowerSchool cannot generate eligibility reports. CMS created a local system.
• Driver’s license eligibility: Can’t create reports that verify students’ eligibility.
• Graduates and dropouts: Reporting systems on retention, promotion and graduation don’t work; there is no dropout reporting system.
• School activity reports: CMS has created work-around systems because of flaws in reports that track teacher qualifications and student-teacher ratios.
• Enrollment: Monthly…
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I gotta thank http://ccssmath.org/ for this list of resources for math educators. If you are deciding to front-load/flip your classroom, this is a great place to start.
I am familiar to approximately 98.6% of the list. So, this Labor Day weekend is a good time to explore!
- Class Zone
- K-5 Math Teaching Resources
- Khan Academy
- Kuta Software
- Henrico County Mathematics
- Illustrative Mathematics Project
- Learn Zillion
- Mathematics Assessment Project
- Mixing in Math
- NCTM Illuminations
- National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
- PBS Learning Media
- Purple Math
- Read Write Think
- Regents Prep
- Science Net Links
- Smithsonian Education
- Teach Engineering
- Ten Marks
- Texas Instruments
- Xpeditions by National Geographic
- XP Math
I ran into this Pringles Can offer this evening after popping a few of these crispy treats. I was curious to see if it was worth investing in a total of 4 canisters of these chips. Thanks to youtube, I have the opportunity to get a preview of this sound device. After watching the following video, I just wonder what can be done to this can to increase the bass output? Modifications or hacks will surely be coming next.
Back in the day when I had control of my Hotmail inbox, I used a nifty email client program that was attached to Windows called Outlook Express. It allowed me to check (offline & archive) my mail, tune into the groovy newsgroups, and update my contacts with ease. After the Vista upgrade, I lost my friend. 😦
Now, I have discovered Windows Live Mail, my long lost friend has been replaced with a lean mean machine! I am currently checking it out so I really cannot share my personal pros and cons of this new product. However, I am sure that I will not be disappointed. Thanks Micro$wizzle!
Finally making time to jot a few thoughts in my blog….
This year I have different role at my school. I have taken on the responsibility as the official tech contact in addition to co-teaching in an 8th grade math resource classroom.
I will utilize my blog in addition to twitter to facilitate some meaningful dialogue on my experiences with both challenging endeavors. I look forward to working on my SLO (Student Learning Objectives) and PDP (Professional Development Plan), too. Sarcasm intended (just kidding!)
I will share details of these two required beasts later…