I don't actually need help understanding hashtags. It's just my attempt to come up with a clever title and fit in with all the other cool bloggers out there. I'm on the lookout for middle school level math assignments and project ideas that incorporate student use of technology. If you're student, tell me what you think about online learning. Do you prefer paper-and-pencil tasks or would you prefer me to require you to complete your work electronically in something like this blog? If you're a colleague, please share your ideas! What has worked well in your classrooms? And, parents, I'd love to hear your thoughts, too. How do you feel about the new age of technology and its role in your child's education?
A great way for me to make the 8th grade math experience better for future learners is to get feedback from current students. This is your opportunity to tell me what you liked about my class, what you think I could differently, etc. I'm not looking for comments like "don't assign homework" here. I will always have high expectations for the kind of work eighth graders can do. However, I do want you to feel comfortable sharing your thoughts by commenting on this post. If you would rather e-mail me privately, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With only 16 days of class remaining, the school year is drawing to a close and the students are counting down. While many people think teachers spend all summer lying on a beach somewhere, this is the time when we do most of our reflecting on the past and gearing up for the future. Many of us are already brainstorming ways we can improve our teaching practice for next year's group. For me, this is the time of year I start making my summer "to do list." It certainly includes all the jobs around the house I haven't been able to get to during the school year. However, much of it is filled with school thoughts. As a teacher, I am always questioning the way I do things, what strategies have the best impact on student achievement, and how I can make things better.
Welcome to my class blog! My name is Josh Heethuis and this is my tenth year teaching in St. Johns Public Schools. The purpose of this space is to provide my students and their families with a place to understand and interact with the learning that takes place within the walls of our classroom.