Wednesday, February 20, 2013

High School Geometry Reorganization

Recently, our school has been contemplating a change from 7 50-minute periods (semesters) to 5 72-minute periods (trimesters).  I have tried with a previous administrator to get the scheduled changed so that we have more time in each class, especially since Geometry has an end-of-course exam.  Our current schedule really doesn't allow us to get into the subject as deeply as I would like, so that my students leave feeling accomplished.  It seems that we have just gotten started in class when the bell rings.

In light of this contemplation, I went in search of pacing guides to revamp and chunk units for ease of understanding.  I am extremely excited with my new plan.  The units have been chunked and divided in half based on the number of days in each unit.  This sequence will work even if we don't end of changing our schedule.

Below is a picture of my hanging file folders.  I am currently going through all my previously used assignments and all the new ones I have downloaded from Pinterest and my favorite math blogs and putting them in the appropriate folder.  Once that step is done (NEVER!!!  always downloading new cool stuff!), I will go through each folder and decide what I want to use, what I can toss and what I can redo to fit my students' abilities.

Here's what is written on the tabs...  Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

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