Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 steps or less

Often, when we are asked to explain a process or how to do something, we get overwhelmed or lost in the world of "How did I do that?".  It's one thing to understand for ourselves how to do something.  It's quite another thing to explain that to someone else.  Take yesterday's math problem for example.

    Place the following fractions in order from least to greatest - 1/2, 1/4, 5/6, 1  1/6, 1  11/12

Someone might immediately say -"1 11/12 is the biggest because 11 of 12 pieces is nearly a whole so that might as well be two and two would be the largest.

This type of thinking works for those who know fractions well and/or can visualize them.  For others, it may sound good and they have the answer, but since they can't actually visualize it, they won't be able to apply it in the future.  What these students need are a plan of action.  They need what is called an algorithm.

An algorithm is a step by step procedure (normally for calculations).  The algorithm should be 5 steps or less.

For yesterday's problem, the algorithm may look like this:

  1. Ask, "Are the denominators the same?".  No.
  2. Ask, "Is the largest denominator divisible by the other denominators?".  Yes.
  3. Use the largest denominator as the common denominator.
  4. Convert each fraction using an equivalent with the common denominator.
  5. Order the fractions from least to greatest using the numerator.
Your turn:  exchange your homework with the partner you had yesterday.  Read your partner's explanation.  Does it make sense?  Could you work with this explanation?  Could it be improved?  How so?  Is it TMI?  Turn, talk with your partner, and answer these questions.

Taking it to the boards...

There is no early work today because we are finishing up the jigsaw activity.  So instead, grab your notes and a marker.  Let's take it to the boards.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Results Are In!

The RWYS pretest results are in and have been analyzed.  Here is what you need to know:

  • The pretest does NOT impact your class grade.
  • The pretest will be used to determine future classroom instruction.
  • There will be six lessons given over the next six weeks.
  • These lessons will reteach, reinforce, and extend current student knowledge.
  • These lessons will be known as Math Monday.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


There is no EW today.  We will be working on the chapter review.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Work Day Today

We will be working on the chapter review questions today.  Also, we have two or three people who need to present their DMP scenario so we'll spend a few minutes on that.

Presenting Today...

No EW.  Please be ready to present your information about your birth defect to our class.

Be sure to:
  • speak loud and clearly.
  • make good eye contact.
  • face the class.
  • answer any questions we may have

Monday, September 22, 2014


What is a portfolio?  Well, as you know, it is an organized collection of materials and information that show how personal knowledge, skills, and attitudes have developed over time.  For our purposes, it will:

  • record and highlight your experiences and abilities that will make you a good candidate for teaching.
  • reflect your uniqueness
  • reflect your professionalism

For this course, you are required to create and maintain a portfolio.  We will be using an e-portfolio.  What is an e-portfolio you ask?  Click here to learn more.

For your EW - turn and talk after viewing the youtube clip.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Education Professions has a vocab quiz today.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FCCLA Year in Review

Every year, there is a theme for FCCLA.  Last year's theme was "Passport to Leadership".

This year's theme is “Uncover the Secrets of Leadership with FCCLA"

Every year, we do fundraising to help pay for our trip to state.

Smoothie Sale

Every year, we work on projects to show at state.
Early Childhood Project

This year, we want to expand our horizons in the project realm.

Every year, we put together a culinary team.

Every year we compete in the  ProStart Culinary competition.

Last year, our culinary team won Silver.

Last year, our childhood education representative won silver.

Every year, we look forward to crossing the stage as winners.

This year, we are looking for more winners and lots of GOLD.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


The meeting date for FCCLA has been changed.  It will be on 9/17 and not 9/26.  It is still during SRT and in rm 190.


  • Welcome and introductions
  • Slide show of last years events, projects, etc
  • Speakers - why join.
  • Club officer info
  • collection of dues ($12) and forms

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quiz today!

We will take our first quiz today.  Remember, you can use your notes and classwork.  Of course, I do challenge you not to.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Review Day

Today we will be prepping for tomorrow's quiz.  There is no early work, but use this time to collect your papers and assignments.  We will have in class review activities.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FCCLA Sign Ups Start Today.

Today is the club fair.  This means we begin signing up for clubs.  You should consider joining FCCLA.

Why join?  Check out the comments below made by current and previous members.

Vocab Review EP

EW - What vocab terms match the following definitions?

  1. A noticeable lag in a specific aspect of development that is beyond average variations.
  2. The ability to understand that a simple change in the shape of an object does not change its amount.
  3. The ability to place objects in order by characteristic, such as smallest to largest.
  4. The ability to move the hands precisely to coordinate with what the eyes see.
  5. The ability to sort items by one or more characteristics they have in common.
  6. The skillful use of the hands and fingers.
  7. The gradual increase in skills and abilities that occurs over a lifetime.
  8. The way people change and improve in their ability to think and learn throughout life.
  9. All of the actions or processes involving thought and knowledge.
  10. Comprehensive explanations, based on research, about why people act and behave the way they do and how they change over time.
(Hint: These are terms from our last two sets on quizlet.)

BTW, have you created an Education Professions folder on Quizlet yet and copied all of the sets into it?

There will be a quiz over all 46 terms on the 19th.

Vocab Review...

EW - Do you know what words match the following terms?
  1. Legally identifies the man as the father and his responsibilities towards the child.
  2. Connects the ovary to the uterus.
  3. The process of the sperm penetrating the ovum.
  4. a fertilized egg.
  5. The baby's development during pregnancy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Building a Positive Attitude

There are six ways to build a positive attitude.  These ways include:

  • Direct Attack
  • Compensation
  • set reasonable expectations
  • use positive self-talk
  • interpret the facts
  • select your friends
You will likely use all of these at some point in your life.  Perhaps, you already have.

Your turn:  for EW today, review the six ways to build a positive attitude.  Select two ways that you are most familiar with and explain what they mean to you and how you either have used them in the past or would use them in the future.

Prenatal Development

As we begin talking about prenatal development, you will need to know the specific key terms.  For early work today, please define the following terms: ovum, uterus, Fallopian tube, sperm, conception, prenatal development, zygote, embryo, amniotic fluid, placenta, umbilical cord, and fetus.  These words are also located on page 105 of your text.

After the early work, you will have the remainder of the class period to finish your abstinence pamphlet.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Stress is your body's response to the events in your life.  There are many physical changes that take place as you react to stress.  For example, you heart rate goes up, your hands sweat, and you could even pass out in extreme cases.  Everyone has stress in their lives.  It is practically unavoidable.  The key to stress is understanding what causes it and what you can do to minimize your body's reaction. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though.  First, let's take a basic look at things that cause stress.

Your turn:  Make a list of ten stressors in your life.  Wait, don't get caught up in the lingo.  Stressors simply means "things that cause stress".  Be prepared to discuss your list in class.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Vocab Quiz Today :)

We will be taking our vocab quiz today .  Use this time to hop on over to Quizlet and study the words for Teaching as a Profession, Becoming a Teacher, and Understanding Human Development.  Remember, today's quiz will include terms from previous quizzes.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More costs for baby...

Some other costs to consider when it comes to having a newborn are pediatrician expenses and whether or not you plan to save for college.  For our pediatrician costs, we will reference this link.  It actually gives us the cost for a year's worth of visits so we'll need to divide that by 12.

As for savings, whether it's for savings or even just a rainy day, you need to multiply the amount you want to set aside each month by twelve (months in the year) and then multiply that number by eighteen.  If you follow this, you could have your child's college fund taken care of by their 18th birthday.