Day 2…lots of pretesting. I won’t tell you, explicitly, which of my predictions from last night came true, but I will say I spent a significant amount of time thinking about how to go over material that I feel should be known by this point in an academic career. I guess that’s the nature of the first ______ days/weeks of the school year though. “You should have remembered this over the summer.” “Well, I didn’t.” “Okay, well let’s spend a month reviewing for last year’s final.”
It’s not like it was unexpected, so I wasn’t upset or anything,I guess I just spent more of my time planning for the new exciting stuff so the old exciting stuff was kind of put on the back burner.
I did, however, have a joke in each class that came up in context – I didn’t force it on them (for once!) One of the problems had a solution that was 0.2. I asked “What’s another way to say that?” (maybe I did force it on them. I wouldn’t leave them alone until they said) “Two-tenths”…”too tense? I didn’t mean to put that much stress on you – it’s only a pretest!”
“For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics” – Roger Bacon