Yikes, it’s Saturday, not Friday. I was so energized after a after a FABULOUS week of teaching and I couldn’t wait to blog. I really meant to post last night,but I just didn’t have it in me! So, here is my favorite Friday – on Saturday!
This week my “No Homework Responsibility Binder” blew me AWAY. I have kids turning in late homework right and left. Last year, when they didn’t do homework, they took their zero and moved on. This year, they are doing it – even if it is a week later! I believe that it is the format of the binder and the new incentive that I have offered for making up their missed homework. I only check homework for completion. At the end of the grading period, they have a homework completion grade that is equal to one test grade (50 points in my class). Every time they do not have their homework, they lose 2 points. It can add up (or rather, subtracts) pretty fast. This year since I am not tracking missed homework (the binder does that for me) I am freed up to offer an incentive. WHEN they make up their homework they get half credit back. It’s working like a dream and almost every student has made up every homework assignment so far this year. I’m in heaven.
I love my green, yellow, and red baskets (thanks @fouss) where students turn in EVERY paper and assessment! They put their paper in the green basket when they felt they understood it well, the yellow basket is so-so, and the red basket is my “SOS – HELP ME I’m lost” basket. If kids turn in a paper to the yellow basket but do very well, I always put a “Go Green”! on their paper. I want them to be confident in their math abilities!
My other favorite this week is MONSTER EQUATIONS. The kids can’t get enough of them. I love their monsters! When we moved to x/2 = 3 this week we got to draw HALF of a monster. How much fun is that? Then I got to say, “If HALF a monster can eat 3 people, how much could an ENTIRE MONSTER EAT.” (** Note, I am also modeling this on the balance scale and then writing out the steps. **) It really makes equation solving fun. A student even made me three adorable monsters (with google eyes and everythign) and brought them to me Friday. I meant to take a picture and post it, but forgot. I will though – they are so cute!