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[Channel-talkmathhs] introduction

From: D. Mark Fette <dmfette@hughes.net>
Date: Wed Oct 25 2006 - 06:01:41 EDT
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...i know you all have much to do as all math teachers do...quickly then and re: the processes and what I hope may come from our association:

1. I am hoping that the structured investigation into the five processes and application of what I may learn will improve my current efforts to enhance my students' ability to learn how to learn , if you will. I believe that mathematics and the discipline involved in mathematical processes is somehow involved in that focusing of eyes and knitting of brow that indicates concentration of mind and its ability. I teach in an AEP and so teach all subjects and see the effects often; "I love math!" one student has written in his journal. His mind has discovered its higher functions; he has pushed the "turbo-think" button. Success in mathematics often translates into success in other academic areas, particularly in re: to application of the processes as they are outlined. In a nutshell, math empowers individual students and societies as it has throughout history in the life of these societies. Indeed, history stands as proof that the works and destiny of mankind are linked to mathematics. Human footprints on the surface of the moon and the echoes of Hiroshima are hard evidence to this fact.

2. After that "Ra-Ra" speech (no pun intended), I am looking for and hoping to share ideas on instructional practices and retention/memory strategies beyond the use of "pizza" and "$" applications (not to degrade their usefulness - they just get old after a while). For instance, in order to remember the algorithm re: slopes of perpendicular lines, students were made to imagine a vampire movie (Halloween, you know...) where the vampire slayer is seen w/ the cross ( l lines), the vampire flips heels over head (inverse), and the stake (negative) is driven into the offending un-dead. I know it's gruesome, but it fits the character of my AEP clientele and is a quick fix that works quite well (and the students enjoy my campy portrayals of the vampire and its slayer - let's face it, theatre is almost a necessary part of pedaogy these days).

3. I hope to contribute to the resolve of any "newbie" teachers out there in our group (hey!!! Andrew - fellow alternative ed. teacher) as well as veterans about to spontaneously combust, to treat their profession as a discerned vocation, a profound service to every student they encounter and to the hope of a truly free society. We, as teachers, are all members of the most noble of professions and stand on the creases of the unfolding of man's universe. And even though we cannot convince our administrators that our worlds will implode if we cannot get ink cartridges for our printers, or a parent boldly proclaims that "[we] make too much money" (to our faces even), or a student cusses us out, etc. (and I do mean etc.), we must try as best as we can to remember how important our services are.

Introductions complete, I must make the "mother-of-all-alg2 exams" for my students. For those of you who have replied, thank you. For those of you who will, my thanks in advance.

Peace---> Mark
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Andy Heller
  To: 'Discussion list for TEACHING MATH,GRADES 9-12'
  Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 10:04 PM
  Subject: Re: [Channel-talkmathhs] test

  Mark,

  Your message is going out to "the group". Thank you for stoking the fire.

   

   

  Andrew Heller

  ahelleraz@yahoo.com

  1st Year Teacher

  Southwest Alternative High School Math Teacher

  Tucson, AZ

  Cell# (520)954-4395

   

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  From: channel-talkmathhs-bounces@learner.org [mailto:channel-talkmathhs-bounces@learner.org] On Behalf Of D. Mark Fette
  Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 5:13 AM
  To: channel-talkmathhs@learner.org
  Subject: [Channel-talkmathhs] test

   

  testing to see if my postings are getting to the group...please respond...thnaks

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