Creating My Geometry Curriculum

At Arapahoe all of my students have their own computer, and so giving an assignment out of a text seems pointless.  Especially when there is Excel, Google Docs, Google sketchup, Google Earth ,the internet, Geogerba, and a host of other computer based technologies that I should be using instead.

In the digital age what possible use is there for old math books. Here is one use - propping our solar cookers.

So I set up my assessments first, based on the local, and state curriculums.  How I progress my students through my assessments came from Dan Meyer and his blog dy/dan. I hope I can work in some of his patient problem solving problems along the way and create some problems that come from good story telling.  Geometry is where I begin.  For the most part my assignments will have four main parts.  An ACT or standardized test prep question or two, a Geogebra construction problem, practice of the concept (this may include an algebra connection of some kind), and a patient problem solving problem according to Dan Meyer.  (Sorry for the oversimplification UNL) At UNL these are called Habits of Mind problems.  A problem that relates the concept of the day to mathematical experimentation.  I probably won’t do as well as Dan or UNL, but will be trying to fit problems with my students and what I feel they need to be successful citizens in the future.  The Moodle page where all of this will be slowly coming together is at Arapahoe Geometry http://moodle.esu11.org/course/view.php?id=7.  Enter and agree to terms.  I have concept 1 done, and have started on concept 2.  I will be using several texts as guides, as well as geogebra and any and all of the internet.  Most content and problems I will create myself.  But feel free to take a look and critique and add suggestions.  I just know that next year, I will feel like a total failure if we crack a book.  I want everything to come from our new digital world.  Wether I made it or organized it for them to easily find.  One down approximately 59 to go.

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