The end of the school year and sappy movies

So, this is the last week that I get to teach my seniors.  They have been taking final exams and are on their way out into the world.  Many of them have stopped by and said their goodbyes and thank you’s.  Some have come for some last minute advice.  Word is spreading that I’m not coming back next year, so I am getting a lot of underclassmen stopping by as well. 

The end of the school year has always been a sad event to me.  It’s the closing of a chapter.  You HAVE to say goodbye.  You have to acknowledge the close of a period of time.  You are face-to-face with the knowledge that  you can never have this time back.  It’s also a time of new beginnings and adventures.  It’s exciting.  And whenever some period of time closes and another adventure starts, I remind myself that new beginnings often feel like sad goodbyes.

In other news, on top of being extra emotional with goodbyes, thank you’s, and sage advice, I watched The Fault in Our Stars last night.  I read the book at the request of a student and subsequently bawled my eyes out.  An ugly, ugly cry.  I expected to cry a little less in the movie.  As it turns out, this is a unicorn of a movie.  One where the movie holds up the integrity of the book.  So now, I am holding back tears all day and looking at sad quotes and movies. 

Note to self, when I’m already emotional, don’t add gasoline to the fire.

 

-Jen

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Teaching Fractions

So, I’m sure that most people in the world hate fractions. Fractions are truly the make or break subject to decide whether you love or loathe math. I love math. I love fractions. But I’ve been convinced for years now that fractions are taught terribly by people who don’t understand them. I’m getting on my soap box. Third grade teachers barely have any higher level (algebra, calculus, trig., etc.) math training before we unleash them on unsuspecting children. These same teachers, more than likely also hate math, especially fractions. So they don’t teach them in fun and exciting ways. This creates an entire class of unexcited students who don’t grasp fractions. And once fractions become a staple in math, kids hate them. So I was thrilled to read an article about how to properly teach students fractions. It’s super exciting and enlightening.

Please let me know what you think.

-Jen

Fractions