Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Notes


When given the option of several teachers, I pick the teacher who has the calculus class. Because easy. These are the kiddos that don't generally give a sub any problems.

But, a school only needs a couple periods of calculus to cover all the students who want to take it. The calculus teacher usually teaches other math subjects as well. Statistics. Math analysis (a.k.a. pre-calculus). Business math...

The kiddos need to take a math class beyond geometry. Those who are more academically inclined take algebra 2. Those who aren't take business math.

So, the business math class had notes. That they could access on their phones. And suddenly, the kiddos weren't sure how to get their phones to work. Because, they all said that their phones didn't do that.

But I had an instructional aide. Miraculously, she was able to get the notes to come up on just about every phone in the room. Hmmm...

Did they all take down the notes and do the assignment? Of course not.

19 comments:

  1. I HATE math, and always have, so I can't really blame them for trying to get out of it. :-)

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    1. Yeah, but they'd have to do it eventually. Why not in class rather than later for homework?

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  2. Yeah, that sounds about right. They can do anything on their phones until it comes to schoolwork. I totally would have done the same thing :P

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  3. and that is why they are in business math and not calculus.

    betty

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  4. Unless they are heading to Physics, computer or some other science in college, calculus isn't all that important. I can see how business math would be.
    I can't imagine having a cell phone for homework.
    Does anyone remember slide rulers anymore?

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    1. Slide rulers were gone by the time I was in school. We used calculators.

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  5. I can't believe they allow cell phones in class, much less encourage them.

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    1. Not so much encouraged as acknowledging what useful tools they can be. When used properly. Not like in this class.

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  6. I always tried to do as much work in school as possible to prevent having to take any home.

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  7. I'm probably the only person who took Business Math as their high school math elective and ended up majoring in mathematics in college. I didn't take Calc 1 until my Sophomore year in college (as an elective on a dare).

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  8. I think it's kind of strange that the assignment would be required to be done on a cell phone. And then, what, the work is e-mailed to the teacher? I suppose computer tablets are used more and more though in school, right?

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  9. I have to say, I'm getting addicted to these posts. I guess having one sister who's a math teacher and another who's a sub has rubbed off on me.

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    1. It's crazy some of the shenanigans they get up to. (And me, too.)

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  10. Our high school requires Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2. They aren't given any choices. Both my grandkids struggle with math. I'm not sure if it is really necessary anymore with all the advanced technology that is out there. I just don't know.

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    1. I think math through algebra 2 is useful for kids who can complete the classes. (Some can't.) It's that advanced technology that makes these classes vital. Our future engineers and technicians come from these classes.

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  11. Oh my...see you mentioned math and I already zoned out...I would be like those kids

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  12. I am about 50 years behind. I'm reading this and....cell phones? Even when my son was in high school they were still using calculators in math. Sheesh! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. They still do use calculators. And normally the notes would be projected for the students. But since the teacher was out with the laptop that connects to the projector...

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