Yesterday, I appeared to be having “a day”. And my blog is here to help me process, so I turned to my blog. Because it was just after noon and it was a bad morning. Here it is… raw and real and freshly outpoured yesterday. ❤ Continue reading Small confessions: all out of courage
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What we’re ACTUALLY doing…
BigGuy is doing too much.
Here’s the rundown… Continue reading What we’re ACTUALLY doing…
So, BigGuy’s testing qualified him for Algebra I in the district. He took the Iowa Algebra test (I think it’s the IAAT, but I think there’s another one called the IART–not sure which). It had four sections and BigGuy got 3 problems wrong on the entire test. BAM! “Do you even DO math, bruh?” (We are all about the “do you even” remark here lately)
That being said, we’re still uncertain that he can take Algebra with the district… Continue reading Alge-BRUH
BigGuy enters “middle school” for 2015-2016
My BigGuy would be entering 6th grade in the fall if he were in public school. As we were discussing what he’d like to learn this year, he noted that Algebra I and Physics would normally be high school classes. I agreed. He asked “If that’s the case, what grade would I be in if I were in school?”
That was a relatively long discussion.
Continue reading BigGuy enters “middle school” for 2015-2016
Pre-algebra is officially completed
BigGuy set a goal and met it. He wanted to finish Pre-algebra before July because it was the only way he could start Algebra I in the fall… and he did it. He actually did it ahead of time, but took some time today to resubmit two homework assignments so that he could bring his final grade up over 90%.
Who is this kid…?
The happiest boy on the block
Because he finished his first semester of Pre-Algebra this morning “before lunch”–as he proudly announced. He then promptly laid out his progression of math and science from here. Wow…
To meet my kid, you would never. EVER. imagine this kind of motivation out of him…
There is nobody more surprised than me at the current state of BigGuy’s grades through the virtual school. He is completely done with the first unit in each subject. Each subject is broken down into roughly 5-6 units. Here is how it’s going…
The “backup plan”
BigGuy is still a-twitter about going to the state-sponsored math and science academy when he’s old enough. Knowing my son, I made sure to preemptively strike his negative side and discuss the alternate plans if he didn’t get in. It would be very much like him to be working very hard and push himself only to talk himself into being lazy with the excuse that “he might not get in anyway”.
Netiquette and other technology lessons…
Oy… did mama get a lesson toDAY. People, lemme tell you something: my Master’s is in Secondary Education with a specialty area of Education Technology. I taught high school in the business department and that included (other people) teaching office productivity applications and an end-to-end systems architecture overview (which I taught) but it did not include teaching typing, netiquette or some of the other ins and outs of collaborating or learning online.
And you do not learn this well on your own. This is how I found out…