Today was a snow day. I should have used it to do some planning. Or grading. Or something productive. But instead I reread a book for pleasure, The Circle of Ceridwen. A book with no connections to education at all. A book to get in the mood for the new season of The Vikings.
But as it gets late, I start thinking about Friday’s field trip to Maine Maritime Academy and all the logistical things that need to be done. And all the math we haven’t done in that class. It hasn’t been a very mathy week, because the marine part of the class has taken precedence. By Saturday, the kids need to know enough to pass the certification course for commercial fishing vessel drill instructor (also none as the cold water safety course). Some of them (about a third) already have this certification and will be doing other safety related things.
So next week we need to get down and dirty on the math content. I’ve noticed that some of my “Algebra 1” level kids may still be at a pre-algebra level. I think I’m going to have to split that group, somehow. And I am switching my only stats student to a better book. Almost two weeks in, and we haven’t covered half of what I was hoping for, so I will have to look for ways to make up the time.
Speaking of time, I have noticed that it flows much differently in my MSP class. Out of a two block period (150 minutes), I usually only get 40-50 minutes. It is forcing me to really think about my priorities and objectives and really tighten things up. This unit has been focused on the marine industry certification related to cold water safety. I was able to pull some good unit, scale, and measurement learning targets out of the activities they did last week, but this week it has been harder.
On Tuesday, I did a short, DI type lesson on functions vs relations. We also delved into domain and range, but I had some students really struggling with that. Also, with my Algebra 2 group, it was review for some, but new for others. Because of our snow day today and the field trip on Friday, I probably won’t get them for math again until next week!
And they all asked what functions vs relations had to do with fishing. I told them I didn’t know of any connection, but it was a standard we had to cover. (I hate giving that answer, especially when I suspect there is a good reason that I am too dense to see). Ah, well. There will be other standards that do flow nicely out of their marine content.