Monday, 13 January 2014
Last week, I assigned homework problems for solving complex circuits with a mix of parallel and series resistors. The homework was due Sunday at midnight. The panicked emails started pouring in on Sunday afternoon, “help! I can’t solve these”, “you didn’t teach us this!”, etc. You would’ve thought we’d never solved anything like this.
The kids who truly worked at it today are completely comfortable with analyzing combinations of series and parallel connections. Good thing, too. Cause as they’ve known for over a week, there’s a test one of the next three days (depending on which section you’re in).
I experienced a whole heap of frustration over the kids not being able to solve these circuits. But then, something cool happened — kids started showing up before school, I helped them, then they turned to help more kids who came in. Some kids worked with me during a prep period of mine which was their free period.
I had too many stressed-out kids throughout the day. They were frantic they wouldn’t be ready for the test. Getting frustrated with them wasn’t going to help anyone, so we started slow and worked through problems together. The good news is I think more kids know what they’re doing now than don’t — and I couldn’t say that at this time yesterday. A couple of bright spots are detailed below.
from a student who wanted to come for office hours this afternoon but never showed:
request for assistance once a kid knew she’d gotten a homework question wrong: