Thursday, June 26, 2008

So Long ...

We had our graduation exercises today. A gentle push into the world for all of you. I hope you're leaving with the keys to your future in your hand.

I'm so glad we've had this time together,

Just to have a laugh or learn some math,

Seems we've just got started and before you know it,

Comes the time we have to say, "So Long!"

So long everybody! Watch this space in the fall for pointers to new blogs for each of my classes.

Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu, and all those good bye things. ;-)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Mr. K i created an account for the DEV site but i didn't get a confirmation email back thats why i put it up here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Class Survey

The exam is over and we did a little survey in class. The results are below; 19 students participated. If you'd like to add another comment on what you see here email me or leave a comment below this post.

There did seem to be one or two surveys that were irregular: The first ten questions all scored 1, the next three were 4s and 5s. Perhaps the instructions were misread?

Without any further ado, here are the results of our class's survey. Please share your thoughts by commenting (anonymously if you wish) below .....

Classroom Environment
The questions in this section were ranked using this 5 point scale:

Strongly DisagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly Agree

The bold numbers after each item are the average ratings given by the entire class.

1. The teacher was enthusiastic about teaching the course. 4.53

2. The teacher made students feel welcome in seeking help in/outside of class. 4.13

3. My interest in math has increased because of this course. 3.53

4. Students were encouraged to ask questions and were given meaningful answers. 4.21

5. The teacher enhanced the class through the use of humour. 4.37

6. Course materials were well understood and explained clearly by the teacher. 3.89

7. Graded materials fairly represented student understanding and effort. 3.53

8. The teacher showed a genuine interest in individual students. 3.76

9. I have learned something that I consider valuable. 3.37

10. The teacher normally came to class well prepared. 4.47

Overall Impression of the Course
The questions in this section were ranked using this 5 point scale:

Very PoorPoorAverageGoodVery Good

1. Compared with other high school courses I have taken, I would say this course was: 4.05

2. Compared with other high school teachers I have had, I would say this teacher is: 4.47

3. As an overall rating, I would say this teacher is: 4.53

Course Characteristics

1. Course difficulty, compared to other high school courses:

Very Easy
Very Difficult

2. Course workload, compared to other high school courses:

Very Easy
Very Difficult

3. Hours per week required outside of class:

0 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 5
5 to 7
over 7

4. Expected grade in the course (n = 18):


Specific Feedback
[Ed. Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of students, over 1, that gave the same answer.]

What was your best learning experience in this course?
Scribe posts (2)
Solving problems on the SMARTboard (5)
Group work (8)
This blog (5)
Daily slides on the blog (2)
Developing Expert Voices Project (2)
Personal Finance Unit (2)
Design & Measurement Unit
Not using textbooks
Class flows well
A lot of attention paid to students specific needs
Hands-on learning
Enjoyed this class
Teacher was enthusiastic
Help provided

What was your worst learning experience in this course?

None (3)
Not having a computer at home
Not having enough confidence to answer questions I knew were right
Scribes who missed important information
Don't know
Not getting tests back quickly
Group work assignments
Not asking for help
Forgetting my calculator
Statistics Unit
Too much content in too little time
I don't like math
I didn't put enough effort into homework and tests (2)

What changes would you suggest to improve the way this course is taught?

Pick people to answer questions more often
Classmates should be more encouraging to form study groups
None (3)
I love this class and the people in it (2)
Return tests quicker (2)
It's good
Tell better jokes
Use a textbook
Have take-home assignments
Timed group work assessments are stressfull
There was too much homework
Scribing was hard
More time for each unit
I wish Pi Day was every day
Nothing, excellent class
In-class games
Make blogging optional

Additional Student Comments

Mr. K. I think you're an awesome teacher, you listen to each and every individual. I wouldn't change anything or want anything different as a student your teaching techniques are awesome and highly reasonable.
Mr. K. you are an inspiration.
It was a great semester and I'm glad to have been one of your students; no lie.
#1 teacher ... and well I've gone through more teachers than usual.

It's interesting to compare the items that were considered both the worst and best learning experiences. Also, take a look at the list of worst learning experiences compared to suggestions for next year. Help me do a better job next year by commenting on what you see here ....

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Student Voices Episode 4: Justice, Lawrence, and Richard

First an update on this podcast: While we have received few comments on this or any of our class blogs the number of times the audio files have been downloaded is remarkable ...

Episode 1: Jessie 2440 downloads

Episode 2: Tim_MATH_y 1766 downloads

Episode 3: Chris, Craig, Graeme 1367 downloads

Thanks to all our listeners. We might get one more published during this school year but this may be the last until September. In any case feel free to let us know your thoughts about what you heard; every comment is appreciated.

In this episode of Student Voices Justice, Lawrence, and Richard talk about how they put together their Developing Expert Voices project and what they learned in the process: how they they best learn math, how it can best be taught, and many other incidental things like team work and organizational skills.

They have titled their project with one of my favourite reminders to all my students: Mathematics is the Science of Patterns. If you watch any of the video content they created you'll hear several "in jokes", listen for them. Without any further ado, here is the podcast. A copy of the poster they made for their work is below.

(Download File 12.2Mb, 25 min. 30 sec.)

Photo Credit: Shadow singer by flickr user EugeniusD80

Sunday, June 8, 2008

D.E.V.P 2008

Development Expert Voice Project(Math) 2008 Copy

From: vanessa40sw08, 2 minutes ago

SlideShare Link

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Here is our DEV project

DEV project

okay so here is mine and michelle's dev project, or the link to it anyways. enjoy =)

sorry about the lateness, ill explain it to you on monday mr.k