Thursday was just simply working with Gmerek's and Horne's students on new concepts, which they seemed to understand pretty well. Working with Horne's kids on their Algebra 1 skills was key, as they are learning to classify functions but forgetting their terminology and exponent rules. I'm continuing to see how all the courses lead in to each other as I compare Algebra II to Calculus AB and BC. Very insightful.
I also went to a Parent conference for HCSD on Tuesday night with Mr. Wise, director of the ILC, to discuss emerging technology and apps with parents. There was a representative from each school, as well as Doug Maggied from the Board of Education and our Superintendent, John Marschhausen. It was a great chance to see some of the behind-the-scenes debates that occur to inform the district of issues, and hear how the administration makes their decisions. When it was our turn to speak, most of the people in the room seemed annoyed that we were discussing social media at a school conference, and there was only one question from the audience. However, after we answered that question, there were suddenly two more, and then more, and we ended up discussing social media for over an hour. I really like how the parents' attitudes visibly changed from contempt for the ILC to respect as they realized what it does and how it's leading the future of education. It was a great lesson for all of us to open our minds and learn to change.