Thursday, January 4, 2018
Here is a pre-algebra lesson plan I thought up. The lesson plan is designed for 7th graders and uses the kids, themselves, in the plan. Each student gets a shirt with, =, +, -, *, x, a, c, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0, etc. printed on the shirt - all those characters that are in basic equations. So, if the equation is 2x-3=5, then John (2) stands next to Jenny (x), who stands next to Mike (-) who stands next to Anne (3) who stands next to Jill (=) who stands next to Robbie (5) - those kids face the class, all the others are in their seats waiting to be included in the next equation. Those kids say which kids need to move to the other side of the equals sign. After this exercise is done for a full period or two days, the kids are told they are not allowed to talk about the project in person and any questions or thoughts are recorded in a chatroom, shared document, where the students can talk freely amongst themselves about what all this meant - the silliness, yet hopefully answers to many questions about this abstract topic for 7th graders. Here are my original thoughts recorded in audio in a 5 minute clip.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
I'm 49 years old now. Dropping my daughter at mma class tonight, she and I were chit chatting about some silly ole thing as we do from time to time, and my mind flashed back to when I was about 3 or 4 years old. I was with my two older brothers visiting my papa and gramma in Chicago where they lived prior to moving down to be with us in Florida several years later. Then, during this visit, it was my Papa's turn to play his silly card, as he was teaching my bros and I poker. Seemed like a pretty boring game, if you asked this 4 year old, that is, until my Papa livened things up for me. "Joey, Yussela!" as he so endearingly would call me. "You'll like this part." In hindsight, he liked that line and used it to keep my attention on several other occasions. Working on a crossword puzzle at the kitchen table, "Yussela, I've got one for ya. You'll know the answer to this one."
But in this poker game, he said, "When we deal the last card of poker, we say, 'Down and Dirty!!!" "Like this, Papa?!" as squealed as loud as I could, Down and Dirty!" slapping my hand hard down on the rug. He laughed roaringly, as I continued to perform for him with my "Down and Dirty!" antics, over and over as he laughed each and every time. He and I never tired of this game of Papa and Yussela love exchange. Down and Dirty!
Where does the child end and adult begin in this back and forth. As I remember that childish day of play and how I am the silly daddy to my teen age kids, their embarassment at times, and their acceptance at other times. As I move through time and space and reflect on where I am today, where I came from and where, I, in such a short time will be, I am grateful for the many moments of laughter that was and is to come.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
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