Unfortunately, then I decided to sleep and finish it in the morning. I ended up getting to the school with nothing more than those notes. On the way to school, I decided to split the class into two groups- one with a maximum of 16 students and the other with a maximum of 18. (Digression- in each period, the 16 students at the front of the room behaved better and had a better attitude despite the projector shining in their eyes. I'm not sure if that's because they were a smaller group or perhaps because of the psychosocial associations with the front of the classroom.) I ended up making index cards frantically as the students entered the room. I couldn't find the masking tape, so one of the groups had only an imaginary line (no pun intended) and the postive and negative signs on the ends were made of duct tape (which had the added feature of being well-nigh invisible against the carpeting).

34 students max

-17….17

Questions:

1) Get in order on the number line

2) Add 3 to your number

3) Get back in order on the number line

4) Add -2 to your number

5) Find someone with the opposite number (unorganized)

6) Find someone where your sum is ___9____A

7) Find someone where your difference is ____7__B___ - stand in order

8) Find someone that has the same absolute value as you

9) Find someone where the absolute value of your difference is ___11_C______

10) Find two other people so the absolute value of your sum is ___14______D

11) Get back in order on the number line

12) Find your opposite (while touching elbows on the number line) – end of activity

This lesson was pretty much a failure in every class. First hour started late because I was finishing the index cards and typing the prompts frantically from the laptop to PowerPoint. I realized that if I wanted each student to have an opposite (for the final activity), then they could not also be asked to "add up" to arbitrary (non-zero) numbers.

Notes:

1st hr:

didn't have cards ready

no ppt

forgot ppt shines on front kids

touching elbows bettter than linking

students not used to moving around

refused to find partners without help

make sure students don't leave with your cards

2nd hr

class started late bc I was remaking missing cards

don'tbe in bad mood (makes moving punishment instead of pseudo-fun)

don't give students only option of linking elbows (they hate)

if lights go out 1/2 way and stay out, don't expect to finish

if you want to keep some students after class to write down names for nonparticipation. They crowd toward you threateningly

if going to piss students off, make sure they don't take your cards, tear them into little pieces, and strew them down the hallway down the building.

3rd hr

class started lte bc was remaking stolen/torn/strewn cards

lights still off (don't do activity in dark)

make sure students do not lean against post-9/11 'panic button'

DO choose a random 100 problem assignment, telling students option between weekend hw and this in-class activity wo homework

lunchtime

left too late to get lunch, so went to cafeyuckiya to get cheese pizza (only veggietarian item on menu)

it turns out no Pizza Hut today, only 'pizza boats' made from french bread

took that and onion rings back to teacher's lounge, where I discovered pepperoni (of the insidious Darth Cube style in pizza (communist plot!), so gave to other (unsuspecting) teacher.

resorted to lunch of giant kit-kat and pepsi to different teacher's room to cry and commiserate on the human... err... teacher condition

5th circle:

class started late (shamefully, I didn't spend my lunch hour re-making cards that the students had taken

used same ploy of 'options' with added bribe of '25 minutes free time at end of class' for students - worked amazingly well, should do EVERY day!

6th circle prep

called district math specialist, told her (incomplete) list of problems: ie, students hate me, not that am behind...

wandered around school, dreading 7th hour

7th circle

tried to remake cards, so (once again) class did not start on time, kids wouldn't listen, 10 mins free timea t end

good stuff: kid have me half of his flaming chee-toes

after school:

went to older teacher's room and cried

she told me to bring in my flash drive so whe could five me docs and progs to help

power in bldg fails three times this hour, twice in middle of transfer of files to flash drive...

went home, had epiphany (to go to bed, but humbly)