4:30 Friday I had a student come by … wondering how to figure out just what to do in math class. That can involve clicking through the website… well, except that the teacher had actually given them a list, summarizing what they had to do that week and where it was. As in, directions to get to “connect,” and then the four things, all starting with the word Connect. I should send that teacher some chocolate 🙂
I know what Overwhelm can do, including keep you from getting help ’til … late Friday afternoon… and keep you from seeing obvious things in your notes. I hope even harder that … the stuff gets done, because … this seemed to be a person who really, really wanted a math book and problems to do. That’s not Math LIteracy.
ALEKS has shifted its communication of your pieces of the pie. Now, instead of just telling you “you have N pieces of pie to do this week,” it tells you the week and then M out of P lessons – which you have to figure out is what you’ve already gotten credit for. I think they’re trying to ‘focus on the positive’ and I spin it that way; don’t know how/ if it’s going to work. It was nice to say “okay, there are 39 lessons to do — but you did well enough on the test and so you get credit for 22 of them.” Let’s see what next week has to say. I think it is also useful that now, everybody in the class has the same number of pieces to do — and since 060 has a defined curriculum, it doesn’t matter who your teacher is; everybody’s magic number for week 1 was 39.